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April 24, 2015
Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano roars back to life
Puerto Varas, Chile (AFP) Apr 24, 2015
Southern Chile was on alert Thursday after the Calbuco volcano erupted for the first time in half a century, lighting up the night sky with spectacular bursts of volcanic lightning and lava, and forcing some 5,000 people to evacuate. Authorities declared a state of emergency, sent in the army and evacuated a 21-kilometer (13-mile) radius around the volcano after the twin eruptions - the first on Wednesday as night fell, the second early Thursday before sunrise. The volcano, which last erupte ... read more

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