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2011-06-06 11:10:00

The Puyehu volcano in southern Chile continues to erupt for a second day, spewing pumice and an ash cloud six miles high and three miles wide. Airline flights have been canceled in the region and more than 3,500 people stayed away from their homes near the volcano. Most of the residents in 22 settlements near the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex evacuated when the eruption began Saturday afternoon and were staying in government shelters or friends' homes. One group of 122 people was...

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2009-04-06 06:20:40

Chile's Llaima volcano, 435 miles south of Chile's capital Santiago, began erupting again Friday night. The eruption shot ash 4 miles into the air that was then blown by the wind in the direction of Argentina provoking further evacuations. Llaima also blew on January 1, 2008, and has continued to blast rock and ash ever since then. State National Emergency Office ONEMI announced that a huge ash cloud was heading toward Argentina, expanding 62 miles southeast of the volcano. "The volcano...

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2009-02-20 11:20:00

Chile's Chaiten volcano erupted on Thursday, sending clouds of ash into the air and area security officials have called for an evacuation of nearby towns. Authorities have evacuated 160 people form the area of Chaiten, which lies six miles away from the volcano. However, many of the town's 4,500 former residents have refused to relocate the town, said the BBC. "It is dangerous to stay in the area. They must leave," said Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma. "We have insisted for a long time...

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2008-12-27 11:10:00

The Chaiten Volcano, which erupted in May for the first time in thousands of years, was said by Chile's government on Friday to still not be safe and that a decision regarding the future of the town of Chaiten would be made in the coming days, The volcano is forcing 7,000 residents to evacuate.  It is located only six miles from the town and started to spew ash, gas and molten rock on May 2. For weeks, constant eruptions were forcing a cloud of debris to keep aloft which soared as high...

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2008-07-14 10:49:08

Life near Chile's sporadically erupting, snow-capped Llaima volcano has become increasingly difficult for local residents, as eruptions have lead to a government imposed red alert evacuation for the second ski season in a row. Residents like Eduardo Mendoza, who works at a nearby ski station, say the eruptions have interrupted their lives and made it more difficult to feed their families. "People can't go to work because of the danger," he said, a cloud engulfing the majestic volcano behind...

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2008-05-08 00:30:00

Southern Chile's Chaiten volcano has blanketed the entire area in a white cloud of ash that has reached as far away as Argentina.  Experts say the surprise eruption of the long dormant 3,280-foot Chaiten volcano, now in its seventh day, shows no signs of letting up and could go on for months.The ash has left some animals dead, disrupted flights from Argentina to the southern Patagonia region and caused the waters of a fjord that Chaiten sits on and a river to now appear white. The...

2006-06-08 03:35:32

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level on one of its most active volcanoes and warned residents on Thursday to stay away from the mountain after its crater belched ash clouds. Bulusan volcano in central Philippines spewed ash nearly 2 km (1 mile) high, prompting authorities to raise the alert level to 2 from 1 ordered in March when ash first began flowing from its crater. "We are seeing an increasing frequency of ash explosions," Renato Solidum, director of the...


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