Calbuco volcano in Chile erupts after 42 year dormancy

Billows of ashy clouds covered the southern sky of Chile after two eruptions on Wednesday and Thursday from the Calbuco volcano.

The Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted twice on Wednesday and Thursday, evacuating nearly 4,000 civilians from their homes.  Photo Credit: Carlos F. Gutierrez, AP

The Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted twice on Wednesday and Thursday, evacuating nearly 4,000 civilians from their homes.
Photo Credit: Carlos F. Gutierrez, AP

The volcano first erupted on Wednesday afternoon, showering ash more than 10 miles into the Chilean air. At around 1 in–the–morning, the volcano blasted for the second time, as if “somebody had detonated an atomic bomb.”

Emergency officials issued alerts of possible water contamination and possible respiratory illnesses.

4,000 people were evacuated from their homes. No injuries or deaths were reported from the eruptions. Only one person was reported missing.

The last time the Calbuco volcano erupted was in 1972.

To watch footage of the eruption, click here.

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