The Eruption of Chile's Calbuco Volcano

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky over a sparsely populated, mountainous area, triggering a red alert. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano. Calbuco is the second volcano in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. [9 photos total]

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View from Frutillar, southern Chile, showing volcanic lightning and lava spewed from the Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images) #
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The Calbuco volcano is seen erupting from Puerto Varas, Chile, on April 22, 2015. (Carlos F. Gutierrez/AP) #
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View from Puerto Montt, southern Chile, of a high column of ash spewing from the Calbuco volcano, on April 22, 2015. (Diego Main/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Ash rises from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt, on April 22, 2015. (Rafael Arenas/Reuters) #
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Ash rises from the Calbuco volcano as seen from the city of Puerto Montt, on April 22, 2015. (Sergio Candia/Reuters) #
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Ash spews from the Calbuco volcano, as seen from the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas, on April 23, 2015. (Carlos Gutierrez/Reuters) #
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Lightning strikes in the ash column spewing from the Calbuco volcano, as seen from the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Puerto Varas, on April 23, 2015. (Carlos Gutierrez/Reuters) #
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View from Frutillar, southern Chile, showing volcanic lightning and lava spewed from the Calbuco volcano on April 23, 2015. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A view from Puerto Varas, southern Chile, showing a high column of ash and lava spewing from the Calbuco volcano, on April 23, 2015. (David Cortes Serey/AFP/Getty Images) #

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