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Ash Cloud from Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Extending Out Over Atlantic

43.7S 64.5W

October 19th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Chile and Argentina - October 17th, 2011

Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano is creating ash clouds again that have led to the cancellation of at least 100 flights in Argentina and, to a lesser extent, cancellations in Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The volcano first erupted on June 4 and has been periodically letting off ash clouds ever since. The latest ash cloud emerged from the volcano on Saturday, October 15th (click here for an image from that date). Here, the ash can be seen extending eastward over the Atlantic Ocean.

Aftershocks from the volcanic event were felt strongly in Buenos Aires causing the city to go dark in the afternoon of Oct. 15 and cause travel advisories to be released by the highway patrol on routes 2, 8, 12 and 33.

Flights are being cancelled due to the fact that the volcanic ashes could cause airplane malfunctioning if the ashes were to clog the jet engines. Buenos Aires’ Aeroparque wasn’t operational after midday Oct. 16 and delays occurred at Ezeiza leaving thousands stranded. The re-appearance of ash closed the route to the international airport of San Carlos de Bariloche.

 

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