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Chile volcano ash grounds flights in Argentina

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2011

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By MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press 20 mins ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Stiff winds blew ash from a Chilean volcano Tuesday in a widening arc across Argentina to the capital, grounding most air travel to and from the country.

Since airborne ash can severely damage jet engines, Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral, the country’s state-owned international and domestic airlines, canceled all flights within Argentina as well as to and from other countries until further notice.

At least six international carriers also suspended flights through Wednesday between Buenos Aires and cities in the United States, Europe and South America. Other carriers were expected to follow. Flights from Chile over Argentine territory also were suspended.

The capital’s usually bustling international and domestic airports were nearly deserted Tuesday, and aviation regulators met to decide whether and for how long to close them. Geologists in Chile have said the Cordon Caulle volcano could keep erupting for several weeks.

The closest major city to the volcano is San Carlos de Bariloche, just over the border in Argentina, where thick abrasive soot was coating slopes in a string of resorts that depend on the winter ski season, opening in less than two weeks. The plume then stretched northeast before curving east, dumping ash over Argentina’s vast ranchlands before reaching the capital.

“Given that even this morning the volcano continues to be active, the reopening of the airports isn’t expected until the conditions necessary for security can be guaranteed,” Argentina’s transportation department announced.

Transportation officials were meeting with representatives of Argentina’s meteorological service, civil aviation board and airport regulator to figure out where the ash cloud will move next and what to do about it, the statement said.

Despite the complications to air travel, the ash couldn’t be seen in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires by midday Tuesday.

But Jorge Echarran, who runs the emergency council of the surrounding Buenos Aires province, said in a local radio interview that “the cloud is already in the suburbs and is reaching the capital,” hovering at an altitude of between 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) and 22,970 feet (7,000 meters).

The ash cloud was blowing well to the south and away from Chile’s capital, Santiago, but at least four international carriers there canceled flights across Argentina to Buenos Aires, Brazil, Uruguay and Europe as a precaution.

Closer to the volcano, strong rains that began Monday night increased the danger of rivers getting clogged with ash and then overflowing in flash floods. Evacuations were expanding, with more than 4,000 people already fleeing their homes.

Vulcanologist Jorge Munoz of Chile’s National Geology and Mines Service said the eruption so far is considered to be moderate, but that could change. He said the volcano will likely begin to expel lava in the coming days, along with pyroclastic material that can turn waterways into avalanches of mud and rock that have the potential to destroy downstream communities.

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Associated Press writer Federico Quilodran in Santiago, Chile, and Almudena Calatrava in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.

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UFO over Lafayette, Colorado, caught on camera

Posted by Admin on March 31, 2011

Grainy B&W image of supposed UFO, Passoria, Ne...

Unidentifiable Flying Object

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ANI – Tue, Mar 29, 2011 4:49 PM IST

Washington, Mar 29 (ANI): A strange triangular formation of red lights over Lafayette, Colorado, which was caught on camera, has left many spooked and wondering if it was a UFO.

Leroy van der Vegt and his son Nick captured the sight on camera, and the unidentified red lights did not blink but were in a triangular shape as they hovered in the sky.

“It was completely quiet. No noise at all,” ABC News quoted van der Vegt as saying. He doesn’t know what it was but he is sure that what he saw was not a satellite, helicopter or airplane.

He said the triangle eventually headed northeast and the lights faded. Lester Valdez and all of his neighbours saw the unidentified lights.

“I have never witnessed anything like that,” Valdez said. He said they looked like tiny, bright alien ships from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind‘.

“It was exactly something like that where you see an object and they all got into a pattern and they stood in a pattern, and they all moved in a direction and then they pretty much dropped and that was it,” Valdez said.

Sceptics like Lafayette residents Katie and Kevin Caron say there must be a reasonable explanation for the lights that doesn’t involve little green men.

“There’s a lot of things you can’t explain but the idea of it being an alien spacecraft is pretty wacky,” Kevin added. (ANI)

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Argentina sees UFO sightings as threat to air security

Posted by Admin on March 31, 2011

Grainy B&W image of supposed UFO, Passoria, Ne...

Unidentifiable Flying Object

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By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Fri, Dec 31, 2010 11:37 AM IST

Buenos Aires, Dec 31 (IANS) Argentina‘s Air Force has said it has received many reports of sightings by pilots and radar of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that are a ‘potential threat to national air security’.

The Air Force said often combat planes have reported following strange objects in the skies above Argentina.

Even the local media have reported that dozens of photos reach their offices regarding alleged UFOs, often confused with planes or birds in flight and, in some cases, trick photographs.

The Air Force press office said the country’s military unit will set up a multi-disciplinary commission to investigate such UFO sightings, Prensa Latina reported.

The commission will be made up of specialists from the meteorological service, pilots, astronomers, doctors and radar and land experts.

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