VIDEO: Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile forcing evacuations

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, and Chilean authorities have ordered the evacuation of the few thousand people living in a town a few miles away.

The National Mining and Geology Service has issued a high alert, barring access to the mountainous area around the volcano in southern Chile.

The area is sparsely populated, with only a few small communities. The town of Ensenada is being evacuated as a precaution.

The volcano’s last eruption was in 1972 and it is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile’s 90 active volcanos.

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