Skip to comments.Chile volcano ash cloud flight disruption spreads
Posted on 06/07/2011 11:57:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Flights in several South American countries are being disrupted by clouds of ash spewed by a Chile volcano range.
Flight to and from the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, have been suspended, while in Chile, Santiago airport has also seen cancellations.
Earlier, Chilean authorities expanded the evacuation area around the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range, about 800km (500 miles) south of Santiago.
It began erupting at the weekend and continues to belch a column of ash.
Aviation officials say around 60 flights - domestic and international - from Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports in Buenos Aires have been cancelled.
The country's main airlines - Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral - announced that they had cancelled all flights until further notice.
Flights from Santiago to various cities in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil have also been suspended by Chilean carrier Lan and Brazil's Tam Airlines, the Spanish news agency Efe reported.
Argentine officials are monitoring the spread of the ash, and said earlier they feared some volcanic pollution could reach Buenos Aires province and the capital during Tuesday.
Several airports further south have already been closed, while border crossings between Chile and Argentina have been closed.
Officials say there is a danger of flash floods caused by rivers being silted up with volcanic grit.
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Dang some one could have at least tarped and duct tape all those engines and vital orifices
Some days , it just don't pay to get out of bed.
Combination picture from two satellite photographs shows the smoke and ash plume from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain (top center to right) is seen carried by the wind eastward across Argentina, June 5, 2011. Dormant for decades, the volcano erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching ash over 6 miles (10 km) into the sky, as winds fanned it toward neighboring Argentina, and prompting the government to evacuate several thousand residents, authorities said. REUTERS/NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response/Handout
This one is pretty cool too
An ash plume (bottom) from Chile, after two days of continuous emissions at the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain, is seen in this image which combines visible and infrared imagery from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-East (GOES-East) with colour imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) taken on June 6, 2011. The ash plume extends more than 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km/1181 miles), from Chile, over the coast of Argentina, and out into the Atlantic Ocean. The volcano dormant for decades erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday belching an ash cloud more than 6 miles (10 km) high that blew over the Andes and carpeted a popular ski resort in neighboring Argentina. The eruption took place about 575 miles (920 km) south of the capital Santiago. Picture taken June 6, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/NOAA GOES Project Science/Handout
If this eruption keeps even a single carbon-spewing aircraft from flying, it will be worth it.
We have such an amazing planet.
I wonder how much effect on weather this volcano eruption will cause as this ash lingers in the upper atmosphere.