The volcanoes are jealous. Not content to let hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis steal the international “acts of god” spotlight, they’re roaring back with a vengeance. The latest to blow its lid is Puyehue-Cordón Caulle about 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile. After snoozing for 51 years, Puyehue threw a fit on Saturday, causing the evacuation of thousands and raining ash and pumice as far away as Bariloche, Argentina.
The ash cloud directly over Puyehue was estimated to be six miles high and three miles wide, but it sent a stream of particulate across southern South America and into the Atlantic Ocean.