Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in southern Chile on Tuesday after country’s one of the most active volcanoes erupted, compelling the authorities to evacuate the locals in the neighbouring areas and shifting them to safer destinations.
According to the official reports, Chile’s one of the most active ‘Villarrica’ volcanoes started spewing plumes of lava and heavy smoke at around 3 am local time on Tuesday.
The Office of National Emergency issued a red alert and asked for immediate evacuations of the residents.
The heavy smoke and life-threatening hot lava prompted the authorities to evacuate approximately 3,500 people from nearby towns.
The 9,000 feet-high Villarrica volcano, lying 500 miles south of the capital city Santiago, is a famous tourist spot and pulls the attraction of hundreds of tourists every summer.
The authorities said that the volcano calmed down after about seven hours, following which some residents returned to their homes.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday arrived at the region and took stocks of the situation. The President declared an “agricultural emergency” in order to assist the local authorities in dealing with areas affected by the volcanic eruption.
Villarrica last witnessed a major volcanic eruption 15 years ago.
Chile is home to more than 2,000 volcanoes in the Andes cordillera. The most amazing fact to know is that nearly 90 of the total volcanoes are active and Villarrica is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the country.