UPDATE 3-Thousands evacuated after volcano erupts in southern Chile

March 3, 2015 3:05 PM

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SANTIAGO, March 3 (Reuters) - Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities.

The volcano, located near the popular tourist resort of Pucon around 750 km (460 miles) south of the capital Santiago, is one of South America's most active. It last erupted in 2000.

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