This has been a VERY unusual day in the mission. Volcano Calbuco has erupted in Southern Chile, and we are in the wind pattern to receive ash from this volcano! At first we thought that only Bariloche and Villa la Angostura would be affected by this, but tonight we are in Zapala and it looks like a mild snow storm here. There is just a thin coat of ash everywhere and it appears to be overcast, but it is the ash from the volcano in the air. These photos are from our location in Zapala.
Today we were made aware that San Martin, Neuquen, El Bolson and Roca have also received ash. The Sisters in Villa la Angostura texted me late this afternoon and said there was about an inch of ash everywhere there.
Last night, President Lovell called the emergency department of the church to let them know about the volcano and to get their advice. They were already monitoring the situation. President Lovell told them that all of our missionaries will be staying in their pensions or using a mask of some kind if they need to go out for a short time. They said this was appropriate, and they would continue to watch and let us know if there is anything else we should do. We also called the Area Presidency so they are aware of what is happening.
The missionaries have been asked to have extra water and food in their pensions. The main thing we wanted you to know is that all the missionaries are fine and seem to be in good spirits. We will keep you posted about the missionaries in the affected areas. In the meantime, you can monitor the volcano on the internet.
Here is a video of the eruption.