Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupts for First Time in 40 years

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Chile’s 6,500 foot Calbuco volcano has erupted twice in a time period of 24 hours. The first eruption on April 22, sent a thick cloud of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky. Following it was the second eruption early Thursday morning on April 23, which was stronger than the first one, about 23 inches of ash fell in some places, according to the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety.

The volcano had last erupted in 1972 and is considered one of the top three most dangerous among Chile’s 90 active volcanos, reported the AP news agency.

“At the beginning, it was small and later, the cloud grew and later there was a huge cloud over you and true terror starts,” said one Puerto Montt resident according to www.valleynewslive.com.

Alejandro Verges, regional director at the Ministry of Interior and Public Safety, said Thursday afternoon, April 23, that officials are concerned there might be a third eruption.

“The situation is relatively calm right now, although people are understandably anxious about what could happen next,”  Alejandro reported to cnn.com.