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1/05/2008

Plume of ash and gas from Chilean volcano drifting to Argentina

Chile, S.A.
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The Llaima volcano erupts spewing lava, ash and smoke in Conguillio National Park

The eruption of Llaima, one of the most active volcanoes in Chile has had an impact in the neighboring province of Neuquén, Argentina, where a yellow alert is on and an emergency plan
has been elaborated.
Regular flights to Neuquén and Rio Negro provinces have been delayed because winds are drifting the volcano’s ashes and gases over Argentine territory. Although Chilean authorities said the Llaima volcano situation seems to have “stabilized”, Argentine officials estimate 50,000 people could suffer the consequences of the ashes and fumes winds are drifting eastwards.
If the volcano keeps erupting, authorities may have to evacuate 6,000 people from the nearby town of Melipeuco. The lava flow has melted snow and swollen nearby rivers. That has raised fears of flooding, with the water already blocking one road.

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