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    Posted May 6, 2008 by
    MattFuta
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    chaiten volcano- in the shadow of ashes

     
    Chaiten Volcano Erupts - No, it isn’t snow, this is a shower of Ash. Friday, 2nd of May, at approximately 1am- tremors shook through the night in the small Andean town of Futaleufú Chile- indications of the volcanic eruption in nearby Volcán Michimahuida, a 2442 meter in a remote part of southern Chile (see map: : (http://maps.google.es/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=es&msa=0&ll=-42.932296,-71.798401&spn=0.914989,2.570801&t=h&z=9&msid=100540125110390411337.00044c3eeeaf60d8ac202). Although the character of the eruption is still unknown, Chilean authorities are actively engaged in the evacuation of rural but populated areas close to the volcano, which are only accessible by horse-back. Here, videos and images from the town of Futaleufu- nearly 50 miles away- show the ongoing accumulation of volcanic ash, a veritable shower! Consequences for this rural community are severe- water has been cut, and provisions are currently delayed due to heavy ash accumulation on roads- the animals that could be saved are being fed with precious winter stocks of grain- leaving the future uncertain.

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