Villarrica volcano erupted in southern Chile
4 March 2015, Nirapad News:- An active volcano of southern Chile has began erupting on Tuesday morning and evacuating about 3,385 people in nearby villages, the government said.
The Villarrica volcano, one of most active volcano of Chile has began erupting around 3:00 am (0600 GMT), prompting authorities to declare a red alert and canceled classes in schools, the National Emergency Office said.
Interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo said about 3,385 people had been evacuated as a preventative measure. After daylight on Tuesday morning, pictures showed intermittent steam and gases spewing from an opening on the side of the volcano and rivulets of lava pouring down the mountain slopes.
According to Sernageomin the eruption is a stromboli eruption, an event of relatively low impact characterised by low volumes of material reaching an altitude of less than five kilometres.
Meanwhile, following an emergency meeting with police and military in the presidential palace in Santiago on Tuesday morning, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet said she would travel immediately to the affected region.
Chile, situated on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia, including around 500 that are potentially active.