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27 August 2011

Keep and eye on the Caulle volcano that erupted in Chile on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 at 04:09 (04:09 AM) UTC

SAWDIS Volcano Watch:  South Africa should keep and eye on the Caulle volcano in Chile that erupted this morning.  No current flight delays are expected but the possibility of an explosive event still remain, however it is unlikely that it will reach the magnitude of the first eruptive phase.  One cannot really tell.  So keep an eye on the Caulle volcano.

The Caulle Volcano in the Puyehue mountain range in the Ranco Province of the Los Ríos Region erupted early this morning. Media outlets weren’t immediately alarmed and there have been no reports of evacuations or flight delays due to the ash plumes. The alert level remains at red for minor eruptions, according to the Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería de Chile (SERNAGEOMIN). Four low intensity eruptions have been recorded, with three-kilometer high plumes of ash. According to SERNAGEOMIN, “the seismic activity reveals that the eruptive activity of the Caulle range continues with low intensity, with little particle emissions and apparent obstructions that are generating incrementally and with purpose to the tower of ash. The possibilities of an explosive event still remain, however it is unlikely that it will reach the magnitude of the first eruptive phase.” Puyehue, a volcano near Caulle, erupted earlier this year in June, causing evacuations of surrounding areas and many domestic and international flight delays in Chile and Argentina. Clouds of ash reaching Australia and New Zealand also caused flight delays. The volcano hadn’t been active before June since 1960, when an earthquake sparked six-mile high clouds of ash. - RSOE EDIS