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Calbuco volcano's surprise eruption alarms Chileans

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Calbuco volcano's surprise eruption alarms Chileans

<p>A huge cloud of ash spewed from Chile’s Calbuco volcano on Wednesday (April 22) as it erupted for the first time in 40 years. </p> <p>Emergency services declared a red alert and thousands of people evacuated the immediate area as a precaution. </p> <p>Calbuco is near the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt … around 1,000 kilometers south of Chile’s capital Santiago.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/304681/606x404_chile-volcano-eruption-2.jpg"/></p> <p>Petrol stations in the region were swamped with motorists waiting in line to fill up their tanks.</p> <p>People are stocking up on food, water and cash.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Calbuco volcano spews giant tower of ash in Chile <a href="http://t.co/zQZJcM6fMT">pic.twitter.com/zQZJcM6fMT</a></p>— Grasswire (@grasswire) <a href="https://twitter.com/grasswire/status/591060545932931073">April 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“At the beginning, it was small and later, the cloud grew and later there was a huge cloud above and true terror starts,” said one resident. “It’s the first time I had lived through this.”</p> <p>“There was a lot of panic, lots of chaos, traffic jams, people going to supermarkets, everyone looking for water, trying to take out money from the <span class="caps">ATM</span>s,” said another local.</p> <p>Winds were pushing the column of ash toward Argentina. </p> <p>Chile is on the Pacific “Rim of Fire” and has the second largest group of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia … including around five hundred that are potentially active.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)<sup class="footnote"><a href="#fn2031345624637876f2e5ae1">0</a></sup>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153013973658110.1073741894.101402598109&type=1" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153013973658110.1073741894.101402598109&type=1"><p>Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky. Read more: http://eurone.ws/LZWcy</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews">euronews</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153013973658110.1073741894.101402598109&type=1">Thursday, 23 April 2015</a></blockquote></div></div> <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2996.028206737755!2d-72.6183333!3d-41.330000000000005!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x9619d3d6f9397329%3A0xafd4dfaa59ea7b65!2sCalbuco%2C+Puerto+Varas%2C+Los+Lagos+Region%2C+Chile!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sfr!4v1429777581679" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0"></iframe>