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Ash from Puyehue Volcano in Chile Reaches South Africa – June 16th, 2011

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June 16th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

South Africa - June 12th, 2011

Close-up of Ash

Ash from the eruption of the Puyehue volcano, in Chile, reaches all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to South Africa, a distance of over 4800 miles (7725 kilometers). Here, the plume of ash  can be seen crossing the southern part of the country, north of Cape Town.

The eruption 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 caused airport closures in neighboring Argentina, and later disrupted flights in places as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

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