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
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
2
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
3
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
4
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
5
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback