UPDATED 6-9-2011: Eruptions and ash continue – 3 airlines have cancelled flights out of Argentina’s main airports (Aeroparque and Ezeiza International Airport) due to ash clouds from the volcano.
Chile has issued a red alert for the area around Puyehue, home of a decades long dormant volcano which forms part of the 4 volcano Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain. Gas and ash began erupting from it within the last hour. Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate the region immediately. The BBC is reporting 3,500 people have asked asked to leave. The volcano is roughly 500 miles South of the capital of Santiago. Early reports are indicating a 10 mile high column of ash is towering above the volcano now.
The eruption follows a series of 5 separate 4.6+ magnitude earthquakes to hit the Neuquen, Argentina area earlier today and a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Los Lagos, Chile at 2PM (EST) this afternoon.
UPDATE (8 PM EST): MSNBC is reporting a 6-mile high volcanic cloud and ash has formed in the sky over the volcano area.
- Puyehue Volcano Erupts In Chile, Hundreds Evacuate (huffingtonpost.com)
- BBC Story
- MSNBC Coverage