The Villarrica Volcano, located in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday morning, causing the evacuation of some 3,000 people from the surrounding area, announced the National Emergency Office (Onemi).

At around 3:00 (7:00 HB), the authorities declared a red alert and ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people, after the entry into eruption of this volcano, considered one of the most active of the country and the South America. The classes were suspended in schools. According to images broadcast by Chilean television, local authorities have sounded the sirens just before the lava flows from the crater of the volcano, located near the city ​​of Temuco, about 800 km south of Santiago.

Several hours after the start of the eruption, the cast seemed to have stopped, according to images broadcast live. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet urged people to “calm “. “We monitor and evaluate minute by minute the situation,” she said from the presidential palace in Santiago, stating that it would go on site in the coming hours. The Onemi said for his part that the alert Red remained in effect until 9:00 (14.00 HB) and classes were suspended in the towns of Villarrica, Pucon, Curarrehue and Conaripe.

The main access routes to the area were cut because of a risk of flooding due to rising water levels of several rivers surrounding the Villarrica volcano, which rises to 2,800 meters.