Volcano erupts after 9000 years

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The Chilean village of Fualeufu was evacuated on Monday as the Chaiten volcano erupted for the first time in an estimated 9000 years. On Friday, the Ubinas volcano also erupted spewing ashes over 10 thousand hectares of Peru’s Moquegua region.

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VOICE OF ZAA NKWETA, PRESENTER: The Chilean mountain village of Futaleufu prepared to evacuate on Monday as the Chaiten volcano erupted. The volcano sprang to life Thursday for the first time in thousands of years, spreading a thick layer of ash. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visited the town, where she met with concerned farmers.

MAN (SUBTITLED TRANSLATION): … the animals, we don’t know what is going to happen to them.

NKWETA: Bachelet promised feed for cows unable to graze in ash-covered pastures.

MICHELLE BACHELET, CHILEAN PRESIDENT (SUBTITLED TRANSLATION): We understand that under these conditions it is very hard to work and to be productive.

NKWETA: Experts estimate that Chaiten last erupted at least 9,000 years ago. In southern Peru on Friday the Ubinas volcano also erupted, spewing ash 1,600 feet into the air. At least 10,000 hectares of land in Peru’s Moquegua Region was covered in a thick layer of ashes. Residents from the village of Querapi were evacuated during the weekend, and no injuries have been reported. The Ubinas volcano last became active in March 2006.

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