Puyehue volcano erupts in Chile
June 7th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Ash from Chilean volcano grounds flights in Argentina

Ash from a volcanic eruption in Chile grounded flights in neighboring Argentina, officials said Tuesday.

Airlines canceled most flights Tuesday at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, an official there said. Airports in several other cities are also affected, according to the state-run Telam news agency.

Smoke and ash shot more than six miles into the the sky when the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano complex in southern Chile first erupted Saturday afternoon. Authorities evacuated about 3,500 people from the area, the state emergency office said.

The Patagonia region in southern Argentina was the most affected by the volcanic ash.

Cities that draw tourists, like Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes and others in the area canceled school and public activities.

Ash piled as high as 30 centimeters (about 1 foot) on highways through Patagonia. Local governments used machinery to clear the roads.

Chile is located on the so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Chilean authorities had evacuated about 3,500 people from the area, the state emergency office said Monday.

"I ask all the population (in designated areas) to evacuate as soon as possible, because ... human life could be at risk," said Juan Andres Varas, regional governor of Los Rios, Chile.

In a statement posted on the Los Rios government's website Monday, he said volcanic material and potentially toxic gases were slowly advancing toward the nearby Nilahue Valley.

"Fortunately, the valley doesn't drop abruptly, so we have time to evacuate," he said. Schools in some cities and rural areas in neighboring Argentina were closed Monday, even as the volcanic activity appeared to have diminished, the state-run Telam news agency said.

Argentinian authorities told Telam the volcano's impact was difficult to predict.

"We still don't know, because it depends on the wind how it will continue. ... The recommendation to the population is that they stay inside," Eduardo Munos, municipal civil defense director in Junin de los Andes, Argentina, said Monday.

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  1. U-Turn

    This is the exact reason why scientists invented Beano!

    June 7, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pink Panther

    Ha, The picture reminds me of the Lion scene in (Wisard Of Oz) where they were asking for the Brian , Heart Courage and a way home for Dorothy. The smoke and Sckull head. Cool

    June 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • the Laughing Prospector

      Brian? Who's Brian? Ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...

      June 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pink panther

      Brain, thanks

      June 8, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. SgtSerge

    Wow amazing pictures! Will add that to the collection!

    June 7, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    No actually photo credit other than Getty Images? I'd really like to know who took those shots. I would love to see more of her work.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I agree, I was thinking I'd hang a few. Gorgeous!

      June 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • teri

      Stunning photography, surely to be in the running for "Photos of the Year". I would also like a copy!

      June 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ED

    I went on a snowboard trip to bariloche (same resort pictured) 3 years ago and our flights were grounded as a result of a volcanic eruption.. It was hell getting there but once I did, I was floored by how amzing beautiful the place is...the women too!

    June 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. palintwit

    British Petroleum was able to finally seal the gulf oil spill by plugging the well with a week's worth of John McCain's soiled grampy diapers. I have a feeling that this thing's going to take a month's worth.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Vogtle

    Love how the guy is wearing an Organic vapor cartridge oh his respirator.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. the Laughing Prospector

    Take that! Stupid Argentina! Ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...ha ha ha...burp...

    June 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit...America's favorite tard baby


      June 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    I eat green snot.

    June 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony's Case Posts

    The fact that the remains were skeletal also prevented authorities from getting definitive answers on toxicology, as well as evidence that Caylee was abused — something her mother is charged with doing. “How do you prove that when you just have skeletal remains?” Casarez said.

    Duct tape was still stuck to the lower facial region of the child’s body, authorities have said.

    “(Caylee’s) killer prepared some substance in advance that would render her physically unable to resist,” prosecutor Jeff Ashton said at a December 2009 hearing, “administered the substance, awaited its effect and then methodically applied three pieces of duct tape to completely cut off the flow of air through her mouth or her nose and let nature take its course.”

    Authorities have said that the amount of decomposition would seem to indicate Caylee died shortly after she went missing.

    Anthony initially told police that she had last seen her daughter in the custody of a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez. Investigators never tracked down the babysitter; later, a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez filed a defamation suit against Anthony, saying she had never met her and lost her job over the claims. Anthony countersued, accusing Gonzalez of attempting to cash in on the high-profile case.

    Prosecutors allege that after killing her daughter, Anthony stashed her body in the trunk of her Pontiac Sunfire before disposing of it. A cadaver dog has alerted to the scent of human decomposition in the trunk, and testing showed the presence of chloroform. Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. ruled last month jurors can hear the chloroform testimony. In addition, investigators have said they found Internet searches of websites mentioning chloroform on Anthony’s computer.

    Anthony’s high-powered defense team, fighting to save her life, will likely try to cast doubt on prosecutors’ scientific evidence. At pretrial hearings, they have argued that evidence regarding a potential odor of decomposition in the trunk, chloroform and other evidence is not reliable enough for jurors to consider.

    Perry has also ruled jurors can hear testimony about a stain in the trunk, as well as the decompositional odor. In March, Baez contended that having jurors look at the stain might have a “prejudicial effect,” alleging it could have been caused by a wet bag of garbage or gasoline cans. The stain was negative for DNA, as well as for the presence of blood or other bodily fluids, he said. “There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that this is a biological stain,” Baez said.

    Perhaps the biggest hurdle for the defense is the fact that Caylee had been missing for 31 days before authorities were aware of it, and her mother failed to report it, Casarez said.

    In addition, some have alleged that Anthony didn’t behave like the worried mother of a missing child during the search for Caylee. She went to nightclubs and sent hundreds of text messages to friends, according to cell phone and text transcripts and investigative reports released by police. Those records show she rarely mentioned her missing daughter./*

    June 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |