A volcano in Chile’s northwestern Andes erupted early Saturday sending a plume of smoke and ash nearly 20,000 feet into the clear sky.
A volcano in the Andes in Chile’s north rumbled to life early Saturday, triggered minor earth tremors (AFP)
By Agence France-Presse: A volcano in the Andes in Chile’s north rumbled to life early on Saturday, triggering minor earth tremors and sending a plume of smoke and ash 6,000 meters (nearly 20,000 feet) into a clear sky.
Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service reported that at 12:36 am (15:36 GMT) the Lascar volcano stirred.
The volcano sent “an eruptive column” comprising volcanic ash and hot gases 6,000 meters above its crater, the service said.
Authorities alerted the nearest town, Talabre, 30 kilometers from the volcano, in case evacuations were required. But no property damage was reported, and the service maintained a green level, the lowest level of alert.
Lascar, with an elevation of 5,592 meters (18,346 feet) above sea level, is 70 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama, a popular tourist centre that draws visitors for trekking, amateur astronomy and visits to the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth.
Lascar erupted in 1993 but also had lesser volcanic activity in 2006 and 2015.
Farther to the south, yellow alerts remain in effect for regions around the Nevados de Chillan volcanic complex, 385 kilometers (240 miles) south of the capital of Santiago, and the Villarica Volcano 800 kilometers (500 miles) to the south.