Volcano erupts in southern Chile, belching ash, smoke into sky

April 22, 2015 10:35 PM

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky.

Chile's Onemi emergency office declared a red alert following the sudden eruption at around 1800 local time (2100 GMT), which occurred about 1,000 km (625 miles) south of the capital Santiago near the tourist town of Puerto Varas.

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