Chile: 3385 people were evacuated from their homes when the vulcano Villarrrica woke up today. This happened in the Araucanía Region, Chile.

The volcano, whose increased activity had been declared under yellow alert on 6 February and orange alert last Monday, erupted at 03.01 hours local time today.

Just some minutes afterwards, the authorities declared a red alert in the towns of Villarrica, Pucón and Curarrehue in the Region of La Araucanía, and Panguipulli in the Region of Los Ríos.

Evacuation protocol was activated in the towns of Pucon and Coñaripe, according to police, while the mayor of Pucon, Carlos Barra, told Radio Cooperativa that within hours the volcano, 2,847 meters, has remained quiet.

“There have been no accidents, the riverbeds are in good condition and the evacuation was calm,” said Barra, for whom the eruption “has been mild.”

Past 06.00 Interior Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo said evacuees reached 3,385, a thousand of them corresponding to the town of Coñaripe, in the Region of Los Ríos and other localities of La Araucanía.

In the commune of Villarrica the Voipir, Challupén, Pino Huacho, Huincacara North Molco and Loncotraro sectors, and 265 people were evacuated from the town of Lican Ray, Lakeshore Calafquén.

Massive evacutation after vulcano Villarrica wakes up!

The total of people to evacuate, if necessary, reaches some 20,000 people, according to emergency agencies.

However, with the passing of the hours macizoredujo activity intensity. Nevertheless, the authorities resolved to maintain the red alert within ten kilometers around the volcano.

The Villarrica, 775 kilometers from Santiago, is considered one of the most active in Latin America and its most recent eruptions volcanoes, in 1984 and 2000, have been of the “strombolian”, which the SERNAGEOMIN are characterized by eruptive columns of low height and low volume issued.

In Chile there are more than 2,000 volcanoes, of which about 125 are considered geologically active and about 60 have had some type of eruptive activity in the last 450 years.

Source: El Mostrador /