facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Alert level raised for Chilean volcano

Dec. 24, 2012 at 8:26 AM   |   Comments

ALTO BIOBIO, Chile, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Chilean authorities said the Copahue volcano along the border with Argentina could be poised for a significant eruption, though no evacuations had been ordered.

The volcano, about 37 miles west of Alto Biobio, spewed a large cloud of ash and smoke Saturday, prompting provincial emergency officials to issue a yellow alert. Chile's Geological and Mining Service raised the alert to red Sunday because it could not rule out a major eruption, CNN reported Monday.

The agency warned about potentially dangerous mudslides within a 9.3-mile radius of the crater.

Copahue volcano formed about 500,000 years ago as a string of nine craters along this stretch of the Andes Mountains, CNN reported. It's been more than a decade since the volcano's last eruption.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
4
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
5
Boy hunter, 11, shoots rare albino deer with crossbow Boy hunter, 11, shoots rare albino deer with crossbow
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback