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Buenos Aires (AFP) July 26, 2011
Ash from Chile's Puyehue volcano grounded flights Tuesday at airports in the capitals of Uruguay and Argentina, officials said.
In Buenos Aires, both the international airport Ezeiza and the mostly domestic service airport Aeroparque shut down as ash was detected in the air and on the tarmac, said a spokesman with Aeropuertos 2000.
Most airlines decided to cancel flights at least through Wednesday morning, the Argentine spokesman said.
At least 15 flights were canceled Tuesday in neighboring Uruguay, officials at Carrasco international airport said.
The Puyehue volcano has been causing air travel mayhem since it rumbled back to life on June 4 for the first time in five decades, belching into the air an untold volume of dust and ash.
Flights across South America -- including hubs in Montevideo, Chile's capital city Santiago and southern Brazil -- have all been hit as ash clouds swept around the southern hemisphere to linger over Australia and New Zealand.
The Puyehue volcano is high in the Andes mountains, 870 kilometers (540 miles) south of Santiago near the border with Argentina.
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4,800 evacuated in Indonesia volcano eruption
Jakarta (AFP) July 16, 2011
More than 4,800 people have been evacuated since an Indonesian volcano erupted on Thursday and its alert status was placed on the highest level, an official said. Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island spewed grey ash up to 800 metres (2,600 feet) high early on Saturday as it continued to rumble. "The evacuees are placed in eight shelter points. No one has died because of the direct impact of th ... read more
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