• Short Summary

    AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN THIS VOLCANO, THE VILLARRICA, IN SOUTHERN CHILE, ERUPTED LAST WEEK.

  • Description

    AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN THIS VOLCANO, THE VILLARRICA, IN SOUTHERN CHILE, ERUPTED LAST WEEK.

    THE VILLARRICA IS ONE OF MANY VOLCANOS THAT RUN ALONG THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE ANDES. VILLAGERS WERE UNPERTURBED AT FIRST WHEN THEY SAW SMOKE RISING FROM THE CRATER. THEN AS LAVA BEGAN TO POUR FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP THE HEAT FROM THE VOLCANO MELTED A GLACIER ON ITS SIDE.

    LAVA AND MELTED SNOW PRECIPITATED AN AVALANCHE DOWN THE MOUNTAIN SIDE AND HUNDREDS OF TONS OF MUD, ROCKS, AND TRESS SWEPT INTO THE VALLEY.

    THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF CONARIPE, ON THE SIDE OF LAKE CALAFQUEN, WAS IN THE PATH OF THE AVALANCHE. A FEW VILLAGERS, AWAKENED BY THE NOISE, WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE, BUT MOST WERE KILLED INSTANTLY AS THE MUD PUSHED THE VILLAGE INTO THE LAKE. AN EYE-WITNESS SAID: "IT ONLY LASTED TEN MINUTES, BUT NOTHING WAS LEFT STANDING."
    SEVERAL VILLAGES IN THE AREA ALSO DAMAGED BUT NONE SERIOUSLY.

    RESCUE OPERATIONS WERE HAMPERED BY DAMAGED ROADS AND BROKEN BRIDGES. THEY BROUGHT FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO THE FEW PEOPLE THAT REMAINED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADW5WV5MD7QPBNC57AJM5P8BU
    Media URN:
    VLVADW5WV5MD7QPBNC57AJM5P8BU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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