Chile volcano hampers travel across region

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Chileans scramble to clean up the mess, as ash and smoke continues to spew from the Calbuco volcano. Some houses and schools have collapsed under the weight of the ash. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish)

Chile volcano hampers travel across region

Chileans scramble to clean up the mess, as ash and smoke continues to spew from the Calbuco volcano.

Some houses and schools have collapsed under the weight of the ash.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL DAMAGED BY THE VOLCANIC ASH, ERNESTO BUSTAMANTE, SAYING:

“This school was going to be completed yesterday and unfortunately we saw the gymnasium had collapsed.”

The volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice since Wednesday, but experts say it remains unstable — and could erupt again.

On Friday, authorities evacuated some 2,000 more people.

Ash has spread as far afield as neighboring Argentina — causing flight cancellations to its capital Buenos Aires…

…as wells as the city of Bariloche — where some roads and schools were also shut.

The Calbuco is considered one of the most dangerous of Chile’s roughly 2,000 volcanoes.

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