Chilean military cleanup Calbuco ash

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Massive cleanup efforts continue in Chile after volcano Calico erupted without warning last week. Calbuco has spewed 210 million tonnes of ashes in the immediate

Chilean military cleanup Calbuco ash

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

Massive cleanup efforts continue in Chile after volcano Calico erupted without warning last week.

Calbuco has spewed 210 million tonnes of ashes in the immediate surroundings, according to the National Service of Geology and Mining, coating nearby towns and prompting the evacuation of more than 6,500 locals.

Authorities have set up a 20-km (12-mile) cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region, around 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Santiago, the capital, where the sheer weight of fallen ash has caused houses, schools and bridges to collapse.

Calbuco, considered one of Chile’s most dangerous volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday last week, sending up a spectacular 17-kilometer-high (11-mile) cloud.

Chile, situated on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia, including around 500 that are potentially active.

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