Filed under: Politics | Tags: 7.8 Nepal Earthquake, Calbuco Volcano, Kathmandu, Southern Chile
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours in
a totally unexpected blast. The Calbuco had been dormant for decades, but nobody expected today’s eruption. Chile, That long country in South America has a string of some 500 volcanoes, so we can assume that they know a thing or two about their volcanic mountains. The Calbuco is one of the most active but there was no warning sign. Authorities have evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 12 mile radius. In March the illarrica volcano erupted in the early morning hours
Meanwhile in Nepal, a massive earthquake, shallow, but very strong at 7.8, struck 48 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Avalanches were reported by climbers on Mount Everest, hitting an Everest base camp, where at least ten people were buried alive. At least 1832 people have been confirmed dead near Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. We have sent aid.
It is a startling reminder of the natural forces of Mother Earth, and that we are very small.
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