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Llaima volcano spews lava, ash in southern Chile

ONE of Chile's most active volcanos is spewing lava and ash again, prompting evacuations and landslide warnings.

The national emergency department is reporting that the 10,250-foot-high (3,125-meter-high) Llaima volcano has hurled explosive materials up to 600 meters (650 yards) above the crater and issued a flow of lava more than 1,000 yards (meters) long.

A statement from the department yesterday noted that villagers were evacuated as a precaution after officials conducting flyovers saw snow melting around the crater, "which means a high risk of mudslides ... (and) the possible rising of the Calbuco River."

The volcano is located 380 miles (600 kilometers) south of the capital, Santiago. Its last big eruption was in January 2008.


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