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Argentina: The volcano has the last word

Wednesday, May 29th 2013 - 23:00 UTC
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Gov. Sapag: “the volcano will have the last word” Gov. Sapag: “the volcano will have the last word”

With the imminent eruption of Copahue volcano, the governor of Neuquén, Jorge Sapag, said that, “the volcano will have the last word”, and has asked to wait 72 hours, as the specialists recommended, not to give rise to false expectations amongst the evacuees.

The National Geology and Mining Service of Chile said in its latest report: “The seismic activity recorded during the last 24 hours showed an upward trend from the last report”

Sapag also remarked that “the Army quickly came to set up a fully operational communications system, the same they installed in Villa La Angostura following volcanic ash fall in December, but this time in just24 hours.”

Asked by reporters about the situation Neuquén, Sapag said they were in constant contact with local and Chilean specialists and waiting for “the news supplied by volcanologist ”.

Sapag added that he volcanologists had said that in the following 72 hours the volcano was to express itself clearly. “So we’ll wait out these 72 hours. Let's be very cautious about making decisions“. Regarding volcanic activity, he said ”we can confirm that the decision to shift to red alert evacuation was a wise decision, because the magma is rising.“

”Microearthquakes are still occurring, a critical mass is rising through the conduit of the volcano, so we have to be attentive to see if the final process of the volcano is solid, liquid or gaseous,” he added.


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  • Pirate Love

    I hope our friends on the chile side of the volcano stay safe from this potential eruption.

    May 30th, 2013 - 08:55 am 0
  • Simon68

    It is good to see that this time the Neuquén Provincial emergency services are working correctly. At the start of the Puyehue emergency things did not go so well. Our people seem to have got their act together this time.

    My congratulations to Governor Sapag for his sensible words to the press, for once he is doing the right thing!!!!!!

    May 30th, 2013 - 12:44 pm 0
  • Clyde15

    It brings life into perspective when nature bares it's teeth.
    Political views and squabbles mean nothing.

    May 31st, 2013 - 09:47 am 0
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