Sunday, May 24, 2009

Chile: Danger ruled out by experts despite volcanic activity

- After the Descabezado Grande volcano in the Maule Region began emitting occasional smoke columns, the regional director of the National Emergency Office (ONEMI), Julio Castiglioni, has ruled out a possible eruption.

According to Radio Cooperativa, the official stated that the smoke columns being emitted by the mountain are within normal range for the volcano’s activity level.

Nevertheless, volcanologists belonging to the National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN) –the organization in charge of monitoring activity levels of the nation's volcanoes–, will travel to the area today.

The Descabezado Grande volcano is located in the San Clemente mountain range and has a height of 3,830 meters.

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