Santiago: The ash cloud from a Chilean
volcano that has been erupting for nearly two weeks has
circled the globe and come home again.
The returning cloud - which has disrupted flights in
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand on its
around-the-world trip - forced Chilean officials to cancel
domestic flights for the first time since the Cordon Caulle
volcano began erupting June 4.
LAN airlines suspended flights to the cities of Puerto
Montt, Coyhaique and Punta Arenas in the far south of the
South American country. While ash from Cordon Caulle has
wreaked havoc with air travel abroad, it had left Chile`s
internal flights largely untouched until yesterday.
"The tip of the cloud that has traveled around the world
is more or less in front of Coyhaique," said Civil Aviation
Office chief Pablo Ortega. Coyhaique is 800 kilometers (500
miles) south of the volcano.
Chilean authorities evacuated 3,500 people living near
the volcano after it began erupting but some have since