Chilean Volcano Wakes Up After Four Decades of Inactivity With Violent, Spectacular Eruption

The Chilean government declared a state of emergency caused by the disaster in towns near the Calbuco volcano, in southern Chile and on the border with Argentina, after it erupted violently Wednesday.

The people of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Frutillar in Chile and Villa La Angostura, San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche in Argentina were surprised by column of ash belched by the volcano. These areas are near the 2,015-meter-high volcano, which was dormant for 43 years ago.

After a second eruption at one in the morning on Thursday, the Chilean government established an exclusion zone of 20 kilometers around the volcano.

The Ministry of Interior and Public Security (ONEMI) of Chile reported on Thursday morning that 4,150 people were evacuated because of the incident, and so far there have been no fatalities.

However, the spectacular images of the eruption caught the attention of social media under the hashtags #Calbuco and #VolcánCalbuco, as shown in the following video from the Facebook page Todo Puerto Montt.

Calbuco is considered one of the three most dangerous volcanoes of the 90 that are active in Chile, as reported by the BBC.

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