Saturday, May 03, 2008

Chilean volcano erupts and causes evacuation

Some 1,500 people have been led to safety from the slopes of the Chaiten volcano in southern Chile after it erupted, hurling hot rocks and belching clouds of ash into the sky. There have so far been no reports of casualties or damage.

The volcano is located some 1,300 kilometers south of the capital, Santiago. Thick clouds of ash have also spread to towns in the southern Argentine province of Chubut, where authorities closed schools and issued warnings due to low visibility on some roads.

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