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article imageChile and Argentina issue red alert for volcano eruption

By Igor I. Solar     May 29, 2013 in Environment
Santiago - About 2,250 people are being evacuated today from a radius of about 25 kilometers from the crater of the Copahue volcano in central-southern Chile; the 3,000 meter volcano has started seismic and eruptive activity.
According to the authorities of the Service of Geology and Mining, Government of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN), the nearly 3,000-meter-high Copahue Volcano in the Bio-Bio region of Chile, has shown increased activity in recent days and aerial observations of its crater suggest that an explosive eruption is imminent.
The authorities of the National Emergency Office have ordered the evacuation of the area around the volcano to prevent risk to indigenous communities living in the region. The Chilean Army has provided numerous military vehicles to carry out the transfer of the residents to three safe havens in the cities of Ralco, Quilaco and Santa Barbara. Children, women and the elderly are given priority during the evacuation procedures.
Many of the residents are refusing to leave their homes because they are particularly concerned about having to leave their animals behind, which could face starvation. The authorities handling the emergency have assured the communities that every effort will be made to also transfer the livestock to safe places where they will be held and fed. The owners should be able to recover their animals once the emergency and the risk have subsided.
Similar actions are being carried out on the Argentine side of the volcano. The volcano Copahue, one of the most active in the region, is right on the border between the two countries, however, most of the plume of smoke and ash is heading for Argentina.
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