May 21, 2013
Bariloche Mayor urges population to 'stay at home'
The city of Bariloche was covered by a dense ash cloud that originated after the Puyehue volcano suddenly erupted in Chile.
The city’s fire department issued a red alert for the area, as Mayor Marcelo Gascón called an emergency meeting with the armed forces and Civil Defence authorities.
Authorities also decided to shut down the Cardenal Samoré crossing at the Chile – Argentina border, and the local airport due to the poor visibility.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in 44 years,” a local area resident stated. “The city is covered in ashes and I keep hearing thunders,” he added, scared.
City Hall urged the population to remain calm, to keep their water supply at hand and remain inside their homes since they are not certain of how long the volcano could remain active.
“We ask the population not to swarm to the supermarkets and gas stations. Public transportation services will continue to operate normally,” Gascón concluded.