Chile and Argentina Issued Red Alert in Wake of Copahue Volcano Eruption

Argentina and Chile authorities ordered evacuation of 3000 people that live close to Copahue volcano, situated in south of Argentina-Chile border.

May 28, 2013 15:47 IST
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Authorities in Argentina and Chile ordered evacuation of around 3000 people that live in proximity with Copahue volcano, situated in south of Argentina-Chile border. The authorities declared that the Copahue volcano is on the verge of eruption any time.

The Copahue volcano is situated at a height of 2965 m or around 10000 feet and sits in Andes cordillera. It has just spewed gases. In this area, various light earth tremors were registered as well. The red alert was issued after the activities of this volcano were monitored and it was found that seismic activities of the volcano increased.

The Emergency Office of Chile declared that the evacuation will have an adverse effect on around 460 families that live within 15 miles radius of this volcano. Earlier, Argentina’s authorities had declared yellow alert, but it was revised to higher level later.

Copahue volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in that region which spews gas and ash along with smoke that rises to around 1.5 km in sky.

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