Photo: Puyehue Volcano Erupts
Forty years later the residents that live by the Puyehue volcano are seeing its fury once again. The chain of Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanos located in southern Chile in the Ranco Province area are 500 miles from the capital city of Santiago.
The Chilean government has evacuated 3,500 residents that live nearby due to the eruption, the 6.2 mile-high gas column and a flurry of earthquakes that have resulted. The Interior Ministry is estimating that an average of 230 earthquakes per hour were occurring with a magnitude of 4.0 or less.
The volcano ash has headed toward Argentina and some Chile-to-Argentina border routes have been closed due to blinding ash. Puyeheu last erupted in 1960 and did so for 38 hours with a 9.5 massive earthquake then striking Chile.