Argentine resort covered by volcanic ash


Argentine resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche covered with ashes from waking up on Saturday Chilean volcano Puyeue. Local authorities urged people to remain calm and not to leave the house.

The city streets are covered with a layer of ash in 10 centimeters. According to witnesses, in these parts for more than 40 years have not seen anything like this — now even here heard rumblings from the eruption of the Chilean volcano. Mayor of Marcelo Gascon held an emergency meeting with representatives of emergency services and civil defense. "We appeal to the people asking them not to run to the stores and gas stations, but to stay at home — the local mayor said at a news conference. — All city services will continue to operate as normal." It is not known how long the rain of ashes. Suspended traffic on the international pass, connecting Argentina with Chile. Closed the local airport. However, the question of evacuation is not going.

San Carlos de Bariloche — a picturesque winter resort in Argentina, which is surrounded by the Andes in the west of the country is 1.6 thousand kilometers from the capital, Buenos Aires. The city attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists.

Volcano Puyeue altitude 2240 meters located on the Chilean side of the Andes. The last time it erupted in 1960 after the largest earthquake of magnitude 9.5. On Saturday, Chilean authorities declared an emergency evacuation 3500 people from areas near the volcano. Minister of the Interior and Public Security Rodrigo country Inspeter Kirberg said that left the danger zone for more than 600 people. Chilean television reported that the eruption is associated with a series of earthquakes, and transmit pictures of thick cloud of volcanic ash over nearby towns, the ITAR-TASS news agency.

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