Grey desert of Ensenada. Chile’s Calbuco volcano covered the town in ash

Grey desert of Ensenada. Chile’s Calbuco volcano covered the town in ash

The tonnes of ash overlaid the Calbuco volcano’s surroundings. People living there are trying to save their homes and belongings after two volcanic eruptions.

The tonnes of ash overlaid the Calbuco volcano’s surroundings. People living there are trying to save their homes and belongings after two volcanic eruptions.

Due to numeral  houses’ collapsing under the weight of the ash, the military forces were deployed to help with the cleaning. Also, the warning of future eruptions probability was announced by the government.

Moreover, the authorities claimed that if it rains, the dangerous mudflows could be created by the mix of the ash and debris.

There were two eruptions of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile during the last week. It caused an evacuation of more than 6,000 of people. Approximately 210 million cubic metres (7,420 million cubic feet) of ash had been spewed out by the volcano, as the Chilean government said.

This area was called by the local residents a “grey desert”. The authorities allowed to some people, who had been evacuated, to come back to salvage the remains of their possessions.

Eleven years of work [gone] in one day, one second

Wherever you look all you see is grey dust; there is an average of 50cm (20in) of it over the towns and on all the roofs

– said the local resident Victor Hugo Toledo.

The Chilean government is going to support people by providing aid to cover huge financial losses of the local farmers and to help with evacuating thousands of farm animals.

There are around 90 active volcanoes in Chile and Calbuco is one of them. A cloud of ash that rose 20 km into the air was caused by the second Calbuco’s eruption on Thursday.

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