Residents view Chile volcano damage

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ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION On the foothills of the Calbuco volcano in Chile, residents of Ensenada surveyed the damage on Saturday (April 25), three days after the volcano began erupting

Residents view Chile volcano damage

ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION

On the foothills of the Calbuco volcano in Chile, residents of Ensenada surveyed the damage on Saturday (April 25), three days after the volcano began erupting without warning after decades of inactivity.

Houses, vehicles and fields were covered in a blanket of thick grey ash, which weighed down the structures and buried the dreams of many residents.

Some have lost everything: their homes, vehicles, and animals.

The volcano roared to life on Wednesday (April 22), with two eruptions in 24 hours prompting evacuations.

Some residents have quietly trickled back to check on animals and their properties, and to pick up clothes and medication.

Some people climbed onto their roofs to clear the ash that has caused other properties to collapse under its sheer weight.

Sixty-year-old Orlando Castro was at home when Calbuco sent a spectacular 17 kilometer-high (11 miles) cloud into the air and he pulled out his cellphone.

The video he took shows the massive ash cloud filling the sky with green pastures lying in the foreground of the scenic Los Lagos region.

Authorities continue to monitor Calbuco for additional activity.

They set up a 20 kilometre (12 mile) cordon around the volcano, which is located around 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) south of the capital Santiago.

An increase in volcanic activity caused potentially deadly lahars, a mix of water and rock fragments that flow down a volcano’s slopes and river valley. At least 6,500 residents were evacuated.

The situation is still uncertain for residents as vulcanologists keep an eye on the smouldering volcano, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile’s chain of around 2,000 volcanoes.

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