Chilean volcano erupts – May 2008 – How will local people cope?

A volcano known as Chaiten has erupted in Chile, having been dormant for 9000 years. Local people have been evacuated, but will they be able to return?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7386050.stm

The eruption is part of ongoing activity along the Andes of South America, there is more information about this volcanic event here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chait%C3%A9n_%28volcano%29

See NASA’s satellite photos of the event here:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14815

You can see some footage of the eruption and how it has affected people here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqdKZuTKZMo

Another video of the eruptioon can be found here:

http://www.geotimes.org/webcasts/article.html?id=chaiten.html

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