Buried in Ashes...again.
On June 4th while we were celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary, down in Chile, a volcano called Puyehue erupted and sent an ash cloud 6 miles up into the sky. Unfortunately San Carlos de Bariloche is only 62 miles downwind...
Photograph: Francisco Ramos Mejia/AFP/Getty Images
According to reporter Laureana Fuentes, "It turned dark from 4pm (1900 GMT) and a kind of rain started. We can hear thunders and you can't see anything in the streets. There is a two to three centimeter ash accumulation"
Photograph: Alfredo Leiva/AP
It was obviously quite a mess to clean up. It also closes the airport, and puts a huge damper on the city's tourism (their whole economy is based on it). I remember my friend, Betina was worried back then that this one would erupt.... Only 60 miles away she said forebodingly. It's really such a beautiful place, such a shame to see it turn gray!
On a different note, we are busy preparing to visit San Diego Comic Con. I just received confirmation today that I'll be drawing at The Cartoon Art Museum booth again this year, and I will also be reporting on the event as a new writer for the Examiner in the "San Diego Artisans and Crafters" section.