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Incredible Pictures From Chile's Calbuco Volcano Eruption

The volcano is located about 600 miles south of Santiago and just a few miles from the city of Puerto Varas. Evacuations were ordered for a 12-mile radius around the volcano.

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Calbuco, a volcano located about 600 miles south of Santiago, Chile, erupted Wednesday afternoon.

The eruption happened after a series of earthquakes, the Chilean Interior Ministry reported. The column of smoke and ash rose more than nine miles into the atmosphere.


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Erupcion en el volcán Calbuco @adnradiochile @latercera @Emol @Cooperativa

Shortly after the volcano erupted, Chile's Interior Ministry declared a red alert and ordered evacuations within a 12-mile radius around the volcano.

About 1,500 people were included in the evacuation, the Associated Press reported.

Officials later declared a state of emergency for part of the region, according to the Interior Ministry.


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Rayos en la columna de humo #VolcanCalbuco @24HorasTVN @EdoCaroemago @biobio @CNNChile

Pictures posted online showed a massive plume of smoke and ash rising into the sky.


#VolcanCalbuco en #Erupción me da susto esto, de verdad.

The volcano continued erupting well into the night, with photos capturing lightning in the massive ash cloud.

AHORA: otra impactante imagen de la erupción del volcán #Calbuco esta madrugada

AHORA: en estos momentos, erupción en volcán #Calbuco

Wednesday marked the first time Calbuco has erupted in 42 years, the AP reported.

The eruption also comes less than two months after Villarrica, a volcano in central Chile, erupted and forced thousands of people to flee.


Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will visit the affected region Thursday, La Tercera reported.

Volcán calbuco !! @canal13 @TonkaTP #chile #puertomontt

@adnradiochile @biobio Nueva vista desde la puerta de mi casa en #PuertoVaras ... No falta

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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