Incredible images from volcano erupting in Chile

April 23, 2015 7:28 PM

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Incredible images from volcano erupting in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile have sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, increasing concerns that it could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights.

The volcano erupted Wednesday afternoon for the first time in more than four decades, sending a towering plume of ash more than 6 miles (10 kilometers) into the air. Emergency officials were taken by surprise and had only a few minutes to issue an alert.

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