Bummed out by winter? Try running from a volcano! Ash and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago (Reuters)
Bummed out by winter? Try running from a volcano!
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One of South America's most active volcanoes has erupted. It is located in southern Chile. It was spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes.

The volcano has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of people. Authorities worried that mudslides caused by melting snow could endanger nearby communities.

The Villarrica volcano erupted early Tuesday. That is according to the National Emergency Office. Media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top. It was glowing in the dark. There was heavy smoke and rivers of lava.

The 9,000 foot volcano is in Chile's central valley. It is 400 miles south of Santiago. It sits above the small city of Pucon. The city has a population of about 22,000.

Chilean authorities had issued a alert because of increased activity at the volcano. About 3,500 people have been evacuated. Those include tourists, said Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.

Penailillo warned that the eruption had caused numerous rivers in the area to rise. That was because the snow along the sides of the volcano began to melt. Villarrica is covered by a glacier cap. The cap covers some 15 square miles and snow is from about 5,000 feet on up.

Authorities were keeping an eye on four communities. They could be endangered by mudslides as the snow melts.

Tourists flock to the area around Villarrica. They enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and hiking around the volcano. It last had a major eruption in 1984. Dozens of tourists were among those evacuated.

President Michelle Bachelet announced that she will travel to the volcano-hit area to check on safety preparations. She asked residents to remain calm.

The Villarrica has a crater of about 200 yards in diameter. It also has a lake of lava about 150 yards deep. the volcano erupts every 10 or 15 years.

Chile has more than 2,000 volcanoes in the Andes cordillera. About 90 of them remain active. Villarrica is considered among the country's most dangerous.

Critical thinking challenge: What makes the area around Villarrica good for hiking?

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COMMENTS (9)
  • John0724-YYCA
    3/06/2015 - 09:29 p.m.

    This is a terrible news for the people in Chile because about three thousand five hundred people in Chile had evacuated because of the volcano eruption. Well people have to be ready about volcanoes erupting because there is still nine hundred volcanoes active in Chile so if that erupts around a person's place they should be ready to leave the house. CRITICAL THINKING CHALLENGE: What makes the area around Villarrica good for hiking? ANSWER: I think it is a good area for hiking because there is a lot of obstacles around the volcano so it is a good spot.

  • william1108-yyca
    6/30/2015 - 01:44 p.m.

    Wow! If it was winter I would just get warm. Not run away from a volcano!. I wonder if anyone actually ran away from a volcano. The lava is very hot. So I won't run away next time.

  • william1108-yyca
    7/08/2015 - 06:05 p.m.

    I would never be bummed out from winter. Because if I was then I'd have to run from a volcano. SO that is why I would never be bummed out from winter.

    • annabel1226-yyca
      7/15/2015 - 09:50 p.m.

      REBUTTAL:
      William, I disagree with you because right now the passage does not talk about bummed out from winter. It talks about volcanoes in this passage. Also you should write more William. You shouldn't write the sentences over and over again.

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/21/2015 - 06:47 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    William I really disagree with your comment because just that your bummed out from winter that doesn't mean that you have to run from a volcano besides that s not what the article is about. Well I get bummed out from winter sometimes but does that mean I have to run from a volcano. I don't think so. I think that you only read the title so next time you should read the article and then write the comment.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    7/22/2015 - 12:37 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    William, this article is saying that if you are sad because there is no winter, then try running away from a volcano that is currently erupting right now. So if a volcano was erupting, would you run or just enjoy your day and die because of the lava. Many people have run away from a volcano and it was pretty hard because it was a ordinary day when a volcano can erupt. Yes, lava is very hot, but that doesn't fully explain your comment William. Why won't you run away from a volcano? Do you want to die? I think that you need to think about that statement William.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    7/22/2015 - 12:44 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    William, there are no volcanoes around Los Angeles so you would not have to run away from one. Obviously, you would have to get warm in winter since it is really cold. Many people have or tried to run away from volcanoes in the past like Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. The people in Pompeii tried to run away from Mount Vesuvius when it erupted but they were buried in ashes. The people around the Villarrica volcano ran away from it. Why would you not run away, you are going to burn to death.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    7/27/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    REBUTTAL: William, I disagree with you that being bummed out from winter makes you run from a volcano. How does that make any sense? If you were bummed out, you would have played games or played with your friends. I know that out of 7 billion people, there wouldn't be a single person running from a volcano just because you are bummed out about winter.

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/30/2015 - 01:40 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    William, I disagree with your comment because the article is nothing about what you said because the comment that you wrote sounds like the topic of the article because the article is about one of Chile's active Volcano has erupted not about the topic. Also you ran from a volcano once because at the need you wrote that you won't run away from a volcano next time so what does that mean.

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