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Dormant Volcano Wakes Up With Giant Ash Cloud

A volcano which has been dormant for decades has erupted in south-central Chile, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people.

The explosion resulted in a gas column more than six miles (10km) high.

The ash cloud is being blown towards neighbouring Argentina and the border crossing between the two countries has been closed.

Chile’s government said it was evacuating 3,500 people from the surrounding area as a precaution.

Officials said the volcano was spitting molten rock, but there was no visible lava flow.

Local media said the smell of sulfur hung in the air and there was constant seismic activity

It is not yet clear which of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain’s four volcanoes has erupted, because of the heavy ash cloud.

The chain last saw a major eruption in 1960.

Chile has a chain of 2,000 volcanoes, the second highest amount after Indonesia, 500 of which are potentially active.