Latin America & Caribbean

In pictures: Calbuco volcano eruption

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours.

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Image caption The Calbuco had been dormant for decades.
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Image caption Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air.
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Image caption The Calbuco volcano is one of the most active in Chile, but there had been no sign that the volcano was about to erupt.
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Image caption The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius.
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Image caption The inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada - along with residents from two other smaller communities - have been ordered to evacuate their homes. The nearby town of Puerto Varas was also under a state of alert.
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Image caption The nearby city of Puerto Montt - a gateway to the popular Patagonia region - has already been blanketed in a cloud of ash.
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Image caption Chile has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia, with around 500 that are potentially active.
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Image caption It is southern Chile's second volcanic eruption in as many months. In March, the Villarrica volcano erupted in the early hours of the morning, spewing ash and lava.
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Image caption Hundreds of people live within the shadow of the volcano. Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo called on people affected to "remain calm and stay informed".