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, which ordered evacuations. Media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top. It was glowing in the dark amid heavy smoke and rivers of lava.

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

Chilean authorities had issued an orange alert on Monday 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 as snow along the sides of the volcano began melting. 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 nearby communities that could be endangered by mudslides as the snow melts.

Tourists flock to the area around Villarrica for 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 and a lake of lava about 150 yards deep. It has eruptions 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 (82)
  • nightowl
    3/06/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

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  • Lucy-Arm
    3/06/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    the area around that is good for hiking because it has rocks and and glaciers with all the extra lava rocks so i conclude that area would a great place for hiking.

  • JasonM-Ver
    3/06/2015 - 02:28 p.m.

    If I would be living in Chile, I don't think I would want to live under a volcano. Especially if I knew it erupts every 10 or 15 years.

  • carolinep102
    3/06/2015 - 04:59 p.m.

    I would be very scared to live near a volcano and do wonder why the people that first were there built it near the volcano, and if it was formed after they were there why didn't they leave? Also do the residents know that they have trouble coming, meaning another eruption? This is very intriguing.

  • BJayvon-Cas
    3/06/2015 - 06:40 p.m.

    Maybe living with the snow storms is a lot better than living by a volcano. A snow storm can only last for so long but an eruption can't be continuous and a lot more dangerous to endure.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/06/2015 - 08:11 p.m.

    I think that it is scary because the volcano in Chile, South America always erupted every 10 or 15 years later, but no other volcanoes don't erupted after they erupted like Mt. Vesuvius just erupted and it stopped erupted, but many other volcanoes in South America erupted still even the volcano in Hawaii. Well it may be scary if one state in the U.S. still erupted volcano while one continent still have many more volcanoes erupting every 10 or 15 years later.
    Critical thinking challenge: What makes the area around Villarrica good for hiking?
    Answer: What makes the area around Villarrica good for hiking because people do like hiking on Villarrica because the trail on Villarrica and many more that are good for hiking around Villarrica.

  • HenryS-3
    3/06/2015 - 08:27 p.m.

    This article is about the Villarrica volcano. It erupted early Tuesday and Scientists are worried that mudslides caused by melting snow could endanger nearby communities. Chilean authorities issued "orange alert" on Monday because of it's increased activity and 3,500 people have been evacuated so far.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    3/06/2015 - 09:34 p.m.

    I think that it is both amazing and terrifying that the Villarrica volcano erupted early Tuesday. I think that it is amazing because volcanoes don't erupt that many times. It is terrifying because the volcano is 9,000 feet in Chile's central valley, 400 miles south of Santiago. It is more terrifying because the population of Pucon has about 22,000.
    Critical thinking challenge: What makes the area around Villarrica good for hiking?
    Answer: The Villarrica is a good area for hiking because the Villarrica is tall.

  • AJ_Slater
    3/07/2015 - 06:25 p.m.

    A south American volcano has erupted. The Villarrica volcano is located in Chile. This is bad for the people in Chile because it will cause melting snow to led to mud slides wrecking homes. This eruption is an environmental controversy that should be dealt with more seriously.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    3/08/2015 - 12:56 a.m.

    I think this is devastating because the Villarrica volcano, Chile's most dangerous of the 90 remaining active volcanoes, erupted last Tuesday. That would be surprising to the people because they had not seen the Villarrica volcano's major eruption since 1984. This one is just as devastating as its last major eruption. Some of the tourists may remember the last eruption because they witnessed the eruption in 1984. I hope there were no casualties.
    Critical thinking challenge: What makes the area around Villarrica good for hiking?
    Answer: The area around Villarrica are good for hiking because its area is used for many outdoor activities.

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