Chile volcano erupts after 50 years

A volcano in Chile that had been inactive for 50-plus years has suddenly erupted, blasting huge clouds of ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of some 5,000 people.

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  • Chile has about 90 active volcanoes, of which Calbuco is considered one of the most dangerous.
  • Chile is an American country in the south-west point of South America occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific
  • Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south.
  • Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.

“In this situation, with the eruption column so high, the main risk is that it collapses, falls due to gravity because of its own weight and causes a pyroclastic flow,” Gabriel Orozco, a vulcanologist with Chile’s geological and mining service, said on local TV.

Pyroclastic flow

iT is a superheated current of gas and rock that can destroy nearly everything in its path and travel at speeds upwards of 200 to 300 kilometres per hour.

Barren Island Volcano is the only confirmed active volcano in India .

Sources: The Hindu, TOI, Wiki.

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