Calbuco volcano eruption: Worst is not over

Calbuco volcano eruption: Worst is not over

Chile - If you've been following news of the Calbuco volcano that erupted after 50 years of being dormant, the latest to come out of Chile is that the area (Puerto Montt) could face dangerous conditions as bad weather moves in.

Acid rain (caused by the fine volcanic ash mixing with moisture in the atmosphere) and mud slides have been forecast for the area. 

The volcano has erupted three more times since it exploded on the 22nd of April 2015.   

A thick plume of smoke and ash blasted nearly 20 kilometres into the sky. Authorities in Chile feared for the safety of people in the area and ordered an evacuation of approximately 1,500 people. 

On the day the volcano erupted, a second burst occured a few hours after the first. Several interesting weather effects took place, including volcanic lightning (see the video for more information).

Authorities have now warned residents and tourists that the heavy rain predicted for this week would likely cause dangerous volcanic mudslides and mudflows that could actually wipe out homes, roads and anything else in its path.

Acid rain would see toxins and pollutants fall on local plant life and wildlife, and could contaminate water sources. Acid raid is also known to corrode metal and stone. 

Watch the video below to see footage of Calbuco exploding.

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