Villarrica Volcano Errupts (video)
In the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday March 3, the Villarrica volcano in Southern Chile experienced a rapid lava increase that lead to a violent explosion.
The enormous eruption could be seen as far as 100km away as the mayor of Pucon, Carlos Barra has issued an evacuation for the 3,000 people who live nearby the volcano.
According to Accuweather, residents in the surrounding regions should not experience disruptive weather patterns as a result of this explosion, unlike the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland that disrupted air travel across parts of north and west for almost a week in 2010. This is due to the fact that the ash cloud will likely pass south of major cities like Buenos Aires.
Here is some pretty incredible footage of the eruption from the Washington Post:
Image by Francisco Negroni | Agencia UNO