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ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION Residents and tourists in southern Argentina on Thursday (April 23) struggled to deal with the blanket of gray ash that coated cities and towns after Chile’s Calbuco

Chile volcano cloud spreads

ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION

Residents and tourists in southern Argentina on Thursday (April 23) struggled to deal with the blanket of gray ash that coated cities and towns after Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday (April 22).

The sudden eruption at around 1800 local time (2100 GMT) occurred about 1,000 kilometres (625 miles) south of Santiago.

Winds blowing north-east pushed the column of ash and smoke towards neighbouring Argentina, covering some cities with a layer of volcanic ash.

The volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1961, belched a spectacular plume of ash and smoke around 15 kilometres (9 miles) into the sky near Puerto Varas, Chile.

Most of the Calbuco ash cloud has blown over the mountains and into Argentina, affecting tourist hotspots such as the Patagonian city of Bariloche.

All flights in and out of the city were cancelled due to the ash.

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