Chile’s Puyehue Volcano Erupts, Grounding Flights in Chile and Argentina

 

 This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg

This weekend, the Puyehue volcano in Southern Chile erupted after 50 years of inactivity, spewing spoke and ash more than 6 miles into the air. Thousands of people have already been evacuated from the area and – as with the Iceland eruption from late May – NASA has photographed the smoke and ash from above:

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(Photo credit: NASA)

Fearing damage to their planes, airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights in Southern Chile and airports in Patagonia are closed.With Bariloche carpeted in ash, Buenos Aires also announced late Monday that it would be cancelling all flights for 24 hours, waiting for the ash cloud to move past Bahía Blanca toward the Argentine capital.

As always, The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor has curated some of the most jaw-dropping, surreal photos from the eruption on the In Focus blog. 

If pictures aren’t enough, this video shows the lightning and billowing smoke over Chile as Puyehue continues to erupt:

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Though airports are scheduled to reopen late Tuesday, travelers in the region have been advised to keep in touch with their airlines in case the weather (or ash cloud direction) changes. I’ll be updating with more photoessays of the volcano from around the web, as they’re published.