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Ash from Puyehue Volcano Continues to Spread Over Atlantic Ocean – June 11th, 2011

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June 11th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Chile and Argentina - June 8th, 2011

Close-up of Volcano

Close-up of Ash Plume

The 2011 Puyehue eruption is a volcanic eruption that began in the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex in Chile on June 4, 2011. At least 3,500 people were evacuated from nearby areas, while the ash cloud reached the city of Bariloche, in Argentina, where the local airport was closed.

Although the eruption is referred to as coming from Puyehue volcano, it is not yet clear if it originated from Puyehue or Cordón Caulle, an adjacent volcanic fissure. Cordón Caulle has erupted many times in recorded history, most recently in 1960, whereas Puyehue has remained dormant.

The main image shows the ash from the eruption spreading far across Argentina and out over the Atlantic Ocean.The GOES satellite measured the eruption plume reaching an altitude of 10 km and drifting 3300 km from the volcano. The close-ups show the cone of the volcano itself and a more detailed view of the ash plume.

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