Chile volcano chain: Puyehue erupts, forcing evacuation
A chain of volcanoes has erupted in southern Chile, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.
Large columns of smoke have been rising from the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range, about 800km (500 miles) south of the capital, Santiago.
Witnesses also reported a strong smell of ash and sulphur. A dozen small earthquakes were recorded before the eruption began.
The officials have issued a red alert – the maximum warning level for the area.
Evacuation orders were issued for some 3,500 people, the local authorities said.
They added the residents would be relocated in temporary shelters in safe areas.
Hundreds of Chileans in the south of the country have spent the night in hostels and municipal buildings after being told to leave their homes due to fears that they would be covered in ash, says the BBC’s Gideon Long in Santiago.
But some have refused to go, saying they are worried their houses will be looted in their absence.
One day after it started to erupt, the volcano chain continues to send smoke and ash billowing over 10km (six miles) into the air.
And on Sunday morning, southern Chile was also hit by a strong earth tremor, although experts say they do not think the two events were linked.
Revelation 9:18 “A third of the human race was killed by these three plagues—by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came from their mouths.”
A third of the human race is slated for destruction during this tribulation period. They die from three plagues. Fire, its smoke, and sulfur. Children, the fire comes forth from volcanic activity. The sulfur is spewed forth from the volcanoes that will soon take their toll on a third of mankind by causing three unified plagues in the form of fire, toxic smoke, and heated sulfur.