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Chile volcano comes to life

Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano, seen from Puerto Varas city, south of Santiago, Chile April 22, 2015. Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano, seen from Puerto Varas city, south of Santiago, Chile April 22, 2015. Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several...more

Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano, seen from Puerto Varas city, south of Santiago, Chile April 22, 2015. Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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Chile's Onemi emergency office declared a red alert following the sudden eruption, near the tourist town of Puerto Varas. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas

Chile's Onemi emergency office declared a red alert following the sudden eruption, near the tourist town of Puerto Varas. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas

Chile's Onemi emergency office declared a red alert following the sudden eruption, near the tourist town of Puerto Varas. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas
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A boat is seen in a house backyard at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas city, April 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A boat is seen in a house backyard at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas city, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A boat is seen in a house backyard at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas city, April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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As night fell, about 4,000 people had so far moved out of the area, an evacuation radius of 20 kilometers has been established and classes have been canceled in surrounding towns, authorities said. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

As night fell, about 4,000 people had so far moved out of the area, an evacuation radius of 20 kilometers has been established and classes have been canceled in surrounding towns, authorities said. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

As night fell, about 4,000 people had so far moved out of the area, an evacuation radius of 20 kilometers has been established and classes have been canceled in surrounding towns, authorities said. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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A view of Calbuco volcano, which had erupted twice over the last 24 hours. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A view of Calbuco volcano, which had erupted twice over the last 24 hours. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A view of Calbuco volcano, which had erupted twice over the last 24 hours. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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There are no reports of deaths, missing persons or injuries, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. He urged residents to evacuate and warned of possible lahars, a mix of water and rock fragments that flow down a volcano's slopes and river valleys. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas

There are no reports of deaths, missing persons or injuries, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. He urged residents to evacuate and warned of possible lahars, a mix of water and rock fragments that flow down a volcano's slopes and river...more

There are no reports of deaths, missing persons or injuries, Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. He urged residents to evacuate and warned of possible lahars, a mix of water and rock fragments that flow down a volcano's slopes and river valleys. REUTERS/Rafael Arenas
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People who are displaced from their houses ride a military vehicle as they leave from Ensenada town, which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano, near Puerto Varas city April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

People who are displaced from their houses ride a military vehicle as they leave from Ensenada town, which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano, near Puerto Varas city April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

People who are displaced from their houses ride a military vehicle as they leave from Ensenada town, which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano, near Puerto Varas city April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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A bicycle lies parked on a street at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. An ash cloud from volcano Calbuco in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly is blowing into Chile and Argentina, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby towns in both countries.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A bicycle lies parked on a street at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. An ash cloud from volcano Calbuco in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly is blowing into Chile and Argentina, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby towns...more

A bicycle lies parked on a street at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. An ash cloud from volcano Calbuco in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly is blowing into Chile and Argentina, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby towns in both countries. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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A car covered with ash is seen in San Carlos de Bariloche. Winds blowing northeast were pushing the column of ash and smoke toward Argentina. REUTERS/Chiwi Giambirtone

A car covered with ash is seen in San Carlos de Bariloche. Winds blowing northeast were pushing the column of ash and smoke toward Argentina. REUTERS/Chiwi Giambirtone

A car covered with ash is seen in San Carlos de Bariloche. Winds blowing northeast were pushing the column of ash and smoke toward Argentina. REUTERS/Chiwi Giambirtone
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"In this situation, with the eruption column so high, the main risk is that it collapses, falls due to gravity because of its own weight and causes a pyroclastic flow," Gabriel Orozco, a vulcanologist with Chile's geological and mining service, said on local TV. A pyroclastic flow is a superheated current of gas and rock that can destroy nearly everything in its path and travel at speeds upwards of 200 to 300 kilometers per hour. REUTERS/Sergio Candia

"In this situation, with the eruption column so high, the main risk is that it collapses, falls due to gravity because of its own weight and causes a pyroclastic flow," Gabriel Orozco, a vulcanologist with Chile's geological and mining service, said...more

"In this situation, with the eruption column so high, the main risk is that it collapses, falls due to gravity because of its own weight and causes a pyroclastic flow," Gabriel Orozco, a vulcanologist with Chile's geological and mining service, said on local TV. A pyroclastic flow is a superheated current of gas and rock that can destroy nearly everything in its path and travel at speeds upwards of 200 to 300 kilometers per hour. REUTERS/Sergio Candia
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A woman stands inside the remains of a gym that collapsed under the weight of ash. 
REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A woman stands inside the remains of a gym that collapsed under the weight of ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A woman stands inside the remains of a gym that collapsed under the weight of ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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Trevor Moffat, who lives in Ensenada, some 10 km from the volcano, said he and his family fled when the volcano erupted. The last major eruption of the 2,003-meter-tall Volcano Calbuco was in 1961. "It sounded like a big tractor trailer passing by the road, rattling and shaking, guttural rumbling. ... We left everything there, grabbed my kid, my dog, got in the car with my wife," Moffat said. "All the neighbors were outside, a lot of young people crying. Armageddon type reaction." REUTERS/Sergio Candia

Trevor Moffat, who lives in Ensenada, some 10 km from the volcano, said he and his family fled when the volcano erupted. The last major eruption of the 2,003-meter-tall Volcano Calbuco was in 1961. "It sounded like a big tractor trailer passing by...more

Trevor Moffat, who lives in Ensenada, some 10 km from the volcano, said he and his family fled when the volcano erupted. The last major eruption of the 2,003-meter-tall Volcano Calbuco was in 1961. "It sounded like a big tractor trailer passing by the road, rattling and shaking, guttural rumbling. ... We left everything there, grabbed my kid, my dog, got in the car with my wife," Moffat said. "All the neighbors were outside, a lot of young people crying. Armageddon type reaction." REUTERS/Sergio Candia
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A rose is seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes.  REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

A rose is seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

A rose is seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez
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Smoke and lava spew from Calbuco, as seen from the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas. Television pictures showed a spectacular mushroom-shaped column billowing into the sky with occasional lighting bolts shooting through. The eruption was seen in towns at least 50 kilometers away. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Smoke and lava spew from Calbuco, as seen from the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas. Television pictures showed a spectacular mushroom-shaped column billowing into the sky with occasional lighting bolts shooting through. The eruption was...more

Smoke and lava spew from Calbuco, as seen from the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas. Television pictures showed a spectacular mushroom-shaped column billowing into the sky with occasional lighting bolts shooting through. The eruption was seen in towns at least 50 kilometers away. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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Volunteers dig out a fire truck belonging to Chile's National Forest Corporation, which got stuck in the ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Volunteers dig out a fire truck belonging to Chile's National Forest Corporation, which got stuck in the ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Volunteers dig out a fire truck belonging to Chile's National Forest Corporation, which got stuck in the ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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Residents wash a sidewalk covered with ashes from Calbuco in San Carlos de Bariloche. REUTERS/Chiwi Giambirtone

Residents wash a sidewalk covered with ashes from Calbuco in San Carlos de Bariloche. REUTERS/Chiwi Giambirtone

Residents wash a sidewalk covered with ashes from Calbuco in San Carlos de Bariloche. REUTERS/Chiwi Giambirtone
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A vehicle travels along a road at Pucon city, which was hit by ashes. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra

A vehicle travels along a road at Pucon city, which was hit by ashes. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra

A vehicle travels along a road at Pucon city, which was hit by ashes. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra
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Smoke and ash rise from Calbuco as seen from Puerto Montt. REUTERS/Sergio Candia

Smoke and ash rise from Calbuco as seen from Puerto Montt. REUTERS/Sergio Candia

Smoke and ash rise from Calbuco as seen from Puerto Montt. REUTERS/Sergio Candia
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A man shovels ash from Calbuco volcano off the roof of his home in Ensenada. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A man shovels ash from Calbuco volcano off the roof of his home in Ensenada. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A man shovels ash from Calbuco volcano off the roof of his home in Ensenada. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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A man cries after his home collapsed under the weight of ash that had fallen on the roof, at a shelter at a school in Puerto Varas.  REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A man cries after his home collapsed under the weight of ash that had fallen on the roof, at a shelter at a school in Puerto Varas. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

A man cries after his home collapsed under the weight of ash that had fallen on the roof, at a shelter at a school in Puerto Varas. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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A man uses a window to enter his house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas city. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A man uses a window to enter his house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas city. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A man uses a window to enter his house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes from Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas city. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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Dogs look over a fence while standing on the ground covered in ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Dogs look over a fence while standing on the ground covered in ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Dogs look over a fence while standing on the ground covered in ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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A local stands as ash falls from Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Marin de Los Andes.  REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

A local stands as ash falls from Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Marin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

A local stands as ash falls from Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Marin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez
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A man cleans the roof of his house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A man cleans the roof of his house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A man cleans the roof of his house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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Clothes are seen on a fence in the backyard of a house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Clothes are seen on a fence in the backyard of a house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Clothes are seen on a fence in the backyard of a house at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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Sheep and cattle eat next to a collapsed shed and standing on ground covered with ash.  REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Sheep and cattle eat next to a collapsed shed and standing on ground covered with ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez

Sheep and cattle eat next to a collapsed shed and standing on ground covered with ash. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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People, wearing surgical masks to protect themselves against ash from Calbuco volcano, buy groceries at a supermaket in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Marin de Los Andes.  REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

People, wearing surgical masks to protect themselves against ash from Calbuco volcano, buy groceries at a supermaket in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Marin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

People, wearing surgical masks to protect themselves against ash from Calbuco volcano, buy groceries at a supermaket in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Marin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez
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A playground area is seen at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes near Puerto Varas city. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A playground area is seen at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes near Puerto Varas city. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A playground area is seen at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes near Puerto Varas city. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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A bulldozer removes ash from a street at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A bulldozer removes ash from a street at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

A bulldozer removes ash from a street at Ensenada town which is covered with ashes. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
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Rosehips are seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

Rosehips are seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez

Rosehips are seen covered with ash from the Calbuco volcano in the Patagonian Argentine area of San Martin de Los Andes. REUTERS/Patricio Rodriguez
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