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ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The Chilean Air Force has released a striking overhead image on Friday (April 24) of the

Chile volcano satellite photo

ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3

The Chilean Air Force has released a striking overhead image on Friday (April 24) of the eruption of the volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning on Wednesday (April 22).

The volcano was still puffing out ash and smoke on Friday, prompting new evacuations and leading airlines to cancel flights to the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, some 1,400 kilometres east.

The ash presents a threat to air traffic, as particles in the atmosphere can cause problems for planes.

With winds blowing the ash cloud north-east into neighbouring Argentina, Argentine air traffic was the worst affected by Friday.

Calbuco, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile’s chain of around 2,000 volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours during Wednesday and Thursday (April 23), sending up a spectacular 17 kilometre-high (11-mile) cloud and coating nearby towns in a thick layer of grey ash.

Authorities have set up a 20 kilometre (12 mile) cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region around 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) south of Santiago.

Television images showed residents in a town close to Lake Chapo quickly driving along ash-laden streets away from the smouldering volcano.

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

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