Jun 6, 2011

Picture of the Day: Chile’s Puyehue Volcano Erupts





Photogrpah by Reuters/Air Force of Chile/Handout


On Saturday, a volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain of south-central Chile erupted after lying dormant for more than 50 years. The government evacuated several thousand residents as Puyehue threw ash more than 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, pushing the plume toward neighboring Argentina. Authorities had already put the area around the volcano on alert after a flurry of earthquakes earlier on Saturday — at one point, the tremors reached an average of 230 per hour.

Be sure to check The Atlantic’s In Focus for more incredible photographs of this volcanic eruption.


Photograph by Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images


Photograph by AP Photo/Francisco Negroni, AgenciaUno


via The Atlantic’s In Focus with Alan Taylor




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