Sunday, June 12, 2011

Puyehue Volcano (south of Santiago, Chile) ash causes flights havoc

Puyehue Volcano situated over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4th. Until today, ash plumes are still coming out from the Puyehue volcano which crossed Chilean boarders, disrupting flight schedules.

Puyehue volcano south of Santiago, Chilean capital, and part of the Puyehue - Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex releasing huge plume of smoke and ash into the sky. | Photo Credit: Chilean Air Force

In Argentina and Uruguay, hundreds of flights have been canceled as winds blew clouds of ash from the volcano to the East. All flights from Buenos Aires, Argentina and most out of Montevideo, Uruguay were canceled on Thursday, according to an AFP report.

On Saturday, strong winds had carried the ash cloud far enough that Qantas and other airlines had been forced to cancel flights from Australia to New Zealand, as well as flights from the Australian mainland to Tasmania. On Sunday, Qantas and Virgin Australia had also cancelled flights to Melbourne.

Meanwhile, for the photos and videos of the Puyehue eruption, please head HERE.