Chilean volcano Villarrica , located in the southern region of Araucania, erupted and national authorities, after decreeing the red alert evacuated 3385 people living nearby.
at about 3 am a loud explosion at the volcano shook the towns of Pucon and Villarrica, causing the start of the evacuation.
from that area, Lt. Col. Rosmari Cruzat, sub-prefect of Villarica told reporters that "after activation of the alarm, the police was established in points that were previously identified and evacuated people fromPucón Villarrica within the first 30 minutes from the start of the emergency. "
Product of the eruption, the National Bureau of National emergency raised to red alert for the communities of Villarrica, Pucon and Curarrehue in the Region Araucania, and the commune of Panguipullli in the region of Los Rios, suspending classes of educational establishments that are in the area, where 15,000 people live, and announced that are 3385 evacuees.
the reaction from the Palacio de La Moneda (Government house) was immediate, during the morning an emergency committee was formed and a presidential motorcade, which is already heading for the area coordinated.
the emergency Committee which assesses the impact of the explosion it is led by president Michelle Bachelet and composed of the ministers Jorge Burgos (Defense), Alberto Undurraga (Public Works), Carlos Furche (Agriculture) and Williams Aurora (Mining).
the basic services in the affected area, as reported from the La Moneda Palace are fully operational, while the Minister of Telecommunications and Transport, Andrés Gómez-Lobo, said that there is no interruption of telecommunications.
Meanwhile the mayor of the region of Araucania, Francisco Huenchumilla after a flyby during the morning felt that the situation is "normal" although "we will continue with constant monitoring to a new possible emergency. "
Meanwhile, the ashes of the eruption, because of the wind direction, heading for the morning to Argentine territory at the height of Junin de los Andes and San Martin de los Andes .