Puyehue volcano erupts in Chile
June 9th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Puyehue's volcanic ash cloud grounds flights out of Argentine capital

Three airlines have canceled flights out of two airports in Argentina's capital city because of the ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile, according to media reports.

Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN and Austral canceled flights from Buenos Aires' Jorge Newbery Metropolitan (aka Aeroparque) and Ezeiza International airports after the ash cloud arrived in the city, and Spain's Iberia airline canceled three flights from Madrid to the Argentine capital, the Buenos Aires Herald reported. The latter flights were rerouted to Santiago, Chile.

The airlines had already canceled a string of morning flights but later called off flights until 5 p.m. with a warning more could follow, depending how the situation unfolds, the newspaper reported.

In a statement to the Argentine news agency Télam, Chile's LAN airline said it would not “operate its flights in Aeroparque and Ezeiza International Airport until conditions are favorable and compatible with the highest security standards of the company."

Ash from Puyehue's weekend eruption grounded flights earlier this week. Smoke and ash shot more than 6 miles into the the sky after the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano complex in southern Chile erupted Saturday afternoon.

Authorities evacuated about 3,500 people from the area, the state emergency office said. Cities including Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes and others canceled school and public activities.

The Patagonia region in southern Argentina was the most affected by the ash, which piled as high as 30 centimeters (about 1 foot) on highways through Patagonia.

Chile is on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to earthquakes and eruptions.

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  1. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    And then?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cole

    Is the boy in the third picture reverse peeing?

    June 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelzabarber

      yes...he is. He was doing the famous "South American Tuck" and had to go before he could stop it

      June 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan in Michigan

    Some of the pictures look awesome. They'd make great dekstop images.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. liza

    the ashes reached buenos aires....our laundry room is full of grey dust.....

    June 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    Come here liza. I will buy you a drink baby.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MyerH in Buenos Aires

    Chile Volcanic Ash. Argentina Travel Update 9 June 4pm Announced By SayHueque.com

    Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 9, 2011, 4PM – Chile Volcanic Ash. Argentina Travel Update 9 June 4pm Announced By SayHueque.com

    According to latest reports from LAN Airlines as of 4pm Buenos Aires local time, LAN has cancelled all domestic flights within Argentina for June 9-10 (to/from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport). Many of their international flights in and out of Buenos Aires International Airport (Ezeieza) have also been cancelled due to the ash cloud emanating from Chile´s Puyehue Volcano which first erupted on Sunday in southern Chile, approx 900km south of Santiago and 100km west of Bariloche, Argentina.

    According to latest reports from Aerolineas Argentina, national airline of Argentina, many domestic flights to and from southern Argentina have been suspended or cancelled due to the ash cloud from the recent eruption of the Chilean volcano.

    For further information about domestic and international flight schedules in the region, please check directly with your airline.
    Additionally, LAN Airlines will provide an operational status update at 11pm and Aerolineas Argentinas will provide an update at 5pm.

    For additional information about travel in Argentina, please visit http://www.sayhueque.com

    June 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jyoti

      What is the status of the volcano now. Are the flts taking off. THere is no latest news available

      June 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. puka

    screw CNN :p

    June 10, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Luiz

    The airports in South of Brazil are shutdown since Yesterday and should stay for 2 days.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |