Incredible Footage Of Yellow-Alert Volcanic Eruption

CENPublished: March 26, 2018
Published: March 26, 2018

Authorities have issued a yellow alert after a cloud of ash nearly one kilometre high exploded out of a volcano in a spectacular eruption.

Chilean officials issued the alert after the Copahue volcano burst into life, seeding black and white ash high into the sky.

The Copahue volcano sits on the border between Chile’s Biobio region and Argentina’s Nequen province.

Yellow alerts are issued when volcanic activity is unstable with "small explosions, the appearance of smoke vents and the increase in monitoring parameters."

Officials are recommending people to stay at least 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) away from the volcano until a new alert is issued.

The National Geology and Mining Service of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN)warned against overreacting to the increase in alert level, saying: "Unnecessary alarms only provoke uncertainty in the population."

Authorities have told local villagers not to panic, but to maintain communication with the monitoring services to be aware of any potential changes in risk level.

Officials say there is no need to evacuate the area yet.

The 2,997-metre (9,833-foot) volcano has erupted ten times since 1900, most recently in March 2016.

The SERNAGEOMIN told reporters the volcano "has been characterised by weak explosions and the emission of fine ash into the atmosphere" since December 2012.

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