Steaming rivers filled with hot ash, rocks, and rain threatened to overflow their banks in southern Chile on Friday and ash clouds from a volcano that began erupting nearly a week ago kept some airports closed across much of the southern part of the continent. In towns bordering the Cordon Caulle volcano, authorities warned that rivers were about to flood due to the large amounts of ash and volcanic rock that have fallen in them and heavy rains that have doused the area of southern Chile. About 3,500 residents had been evacuated, and 500 of them were still in shelters Friday. Authorities were seeking legal permission Friday to evacuate a dozen more who refused to leave their property and animals behind. The flow of the Nilahue and GolGol rivers near the volcano had increased from 1,000 cubic feet (30 cubic meters) per second to 5,600 cubic feet (160 cubic meters) per second, Chilean Public Works Minister Hernan de Solminihac said on state television Friday. "It's important that people leave their homes for their own security, because the volcano has not ceased to erupt," he said.
According to official reports in recent days, continuous seismic activity observed in the Puyehue Volcano Complex area. Based of report SERNAGEOMIN the National Disaster Management Office Pocura, Pichico, Los Venados, Contrafuerte, El Zapallo en la Región de Los Ríos y El Retiro, Anticura, El Caulle, Comaco Forestal, Anticura Pajaritos en la Región de Los Lagos and Con una region ordered the evacuation of the population. The affected population is 700 people present. Strength of the quakes was 3.0 and 5.0 on the Richter scale, the number of quakes was 230. The eruption is expected in the next hours.
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