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Sky lights up as Chile's Calbuco erupts

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 00:51

Lightning flashed and the sky over Chile's erupting volcano Calbuco glowed orange overnight, as smoke and ash spewed into the air. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday (April 22), sending a thick plume of ash and smoke nearly 20 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 kilometers (625 miles) south of Santiago, the capital, near the tourist town of Puerto Varas. 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. Winds blowing northeast were pushing the column of ash and smoke toward Argentina. LATAM Airlines said it has canceled flights to and from neighboring Puerto Montt, the area's largest city, due to the presence of volcanic ash, which can potentially damage aircraft and make flying dangerous. Chile, on the Pacific "Rim of Fire," has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia, including around 500 that are potentially active. In March, Volcano Villarrica, also in southern Chile, erupted, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, but it quickly subsided.

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Sky lights up as Chile's Calbuco erupts

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 00:51