A land of volcanic ash

A land of volcanic ash


The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile in 2011, belching ash more than six miles (10 km) into the sky. Winds fanned the ash toward neighbouring Argentina, and prompted the government to evacuate several thousand residents.

. Puyehue, Chile. Reuters/Ivan Alvarado

The plume of ash grounded flights as far away as Australia.

. Villa la Angostura, Argentina. Reuters/Osvaldo Peralta

The mountain resort Villa la Angostura was blanketed with ash.

. San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina. Reuters/Patricio Contreras

The mortality of cattle and wild deer increased after the eruption, and examinations of the dead animals revealed lesions in their respiratory and digestive tracts, believed to have come from consuming and inhaling ash.

. San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Reuters/Chiwi Giambirtone

Toys lay covered with ash from the volcano, 100 miles (160 km) to the west of the eruption.

. San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Reuters/Chiwi Giambirtone

Divers from the Prefectura Naval Argentina stand submerged the Rio Limay.

Before & After

. Bariloche, Argentina. Reuters/Chiwi Giambirtone
. Bariloche, Argentina. Reuters/Chiwi Giambirtone

Before: The shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Argentina, in 2009.
After: Almost two years later, shortly after the eruption, pumice and ash from the Puyehue Volcano cover the shore.