Saturday, January 05, 2008

Chilean volcano erupted!

The Llaima volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air, but there were no reports of damages or injuries, emergency officials said.

Local television images showed a column of smoke visible from many miles away.

"The Llaima erupted at 18:20 (2120 GMT) but we still don't know if it's a permanent or sporadic eruption. There is lava flowing toward the Argentine side but nothing on the Chilean side. But we are evaluating," a source at the National Emergency Office told Reuters.

The 10,253-foot (3,125-meter) Llaima volcano, one of Chile's most active, has frequent moderate eruptions.

The volcano is in the Araucania region in southern Chile, inside Conguillio National Park and about 50 miles (82 km) from the city of Temuco.

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