Chile’s Calbuco Volcanic Eruption

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday for the first time in over 40 years. The resulting eruption column reached an altitude of 33,000ft and has already caused significant disruption to the aviation industry.

The first eruption, which occurred around the early evening and was followed by a second eruption some time later, has reportedly taken officials by surprise.

The eruptions have prompted the closure of Argentina's Bariloche airport and raised the Aviation colour code to "Red", as a warning to aircraft to avoid the area. LATAM Airlines has also cancelled flights from the area's largest city, Puerto Montt.

Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres, which are endorsed by ICAO, are monitoring the volcano's activity in order to assure there are no further disruptions to aviation.

Written By: Luke Hague, GlobalPilotLife.com Media Correspondent

Photo credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

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