5.06.11.Posle more than 60 small earthquakes, the intensity of which did not exceed 4 points on the Mercalli scale, seismologists recorded awakening volcano Puyehue Cordon-Kaulle chain, located in the central part of the country.
Huge clouds of smoke up to 10 km up over the top of the volcano.
— A column of ash and smoke rising above the Puyehue. The wind carries them to the side of Argentina — said the MOE Chile.
For security reasons, more than 3,500 residents of nearby communities urgently evacuated.
Cordon-Kaulle — chain, consisting of four volcanoes.
— Initially, because of the strong fumes, it was unclear which of the volcano woke up. Only after some time we have been able to understand that this is the Puyehue, who slept last decades — told the MOE Chile.
The most violent eruption was recorded in the chain of Cordon-Kaulle in 1960, and the last eruption of the volcano Puyehue proizosho in 1990.
Local seismologists voderzhalis from expectations, but noted that the expansion of the evacuation zone is uncertain.