Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts

March 4, 2015 8:10 AM

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Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts

A volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday, spewing fiery plumes of lava into the night sky and forcing the evacuation of some 3,600 people from nearby towns.

In its first major eruption in 15 years, the Villarrica volcano, one of Chile's most active, began spewing lava and ash around 3:00 am (0600 GMT), prompting authorities to declare a red alert, the National Emergency Office said.

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