10 June 2011, 05:43

Puyehue disrupts air traffic

Puyehue disrupts air traffic

The eruption of the Chilean volcano Puyehue has seriously impacted the ecological environment in South America. The fish in rivers is floating belly-up, and the Argentinean capital is shrouded in a cloud of ash.

The eruption of the Chilean volcano Puyehue has seriously impacted the ecological environment in South America.

The fish in rivers is floating belly-up, and the Argentinean capital is shrouded in a cloud of ash. International airports in the region are closed, over 100 flights were canceled on Thursday out of the capitals of Argentina and Chile because of safety concerns over the ash cloud from the eruption of the Chilean volcano.

The Puyehue Volcano, which is located in southern Chile close to the border with Argentina, erupted Saturday for the first time since 1960, spewing into the sky a pillar of smoke and ash up to ten kilometers. Thousands of residents of nearby settlements were quickly evacuated.

According to seismologists, the activity of the volcano in recent days has begun to decline, but it still throws tons of ash into the air.

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