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May 1, 2016: South America - LATAM Airlines.

Already completed legally since 2012, the merger of the Chilean airline LAN and the Brazilian airline TAM becomes effective commercially as from May 2016. The aircrafts and the check-in counters of both airlines are renamed to the common trademark LATAM airlines. A web site latam.com is under construction. LATAM is by far the largest airline of South America.

September 16, 2015: Chile - Earthquake in Central and Northern Chile.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter scale and several strong aftershocks occurred on September 16 in the province of Choapa in Central Chile. A tsunami alert prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people living in the coastal regions. But the alert was quickly lifted the next day. The earthquake, which is the strongest in the world this year, killed at least eight. It was felt in São Paulo, Brazil, more than 3,400 km (2,100 mi) away.

April 22, 23 and 30, 2015: Chile - Calbuco volcano eruption.

The Calbuco volcano suddenly erupted on April 22 for the first time in more than 40 years. No casualties were reported. However, the eruption has led the evacuation of some 6,000 inhabitants of the surrounding area. A 20-km exclusion zone is maintained around the volcano. The region, made up of culture and breeding areas, was covered with a thick carpet of ash giving it a lunar look. The eruption was so violent that the ash clouds spread to Argentina and Uruguay. It has disrupted air traffic in the three countries. 

Additional eruptions took place the following days, including on April 30.

With an altitude of 2,003 m (6,610 ft), Calbuco is an explosivevolcano. Itis located in the South of Chile in the tourist area of Los Lagos, specifically southeast of Llanquihue Lake and northwest of Chapo Lake. It is one of the most dangerous volcanoes of Chile. There are 90 volcanoes in Chile.


 

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