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Not gonna lie it probably stay and watch the whole thing

Sounds like a great idea until those pyroclastic flows level everything around you... After they incinerate you, of course!

... But yes, it's definitely one hell of a sight to see.

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Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile

Media captionThere had been no sign that the volcano was about to erupt, as Gideon Long reports

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time in more than four decades, sending a plume of smoke and ash several kilometres high.

Emergency services declared a red alert and about 1,500 people were evacuated from a 20km (12 mile) radius as a precaution, authorities said.

The nearby city of Puerto Montt has already been blanketed in a cloud of ash.

Mayor Gervoy Paredes said residents were "very, very frightened".

Neighbouring Argentina also put emergency measures in place for the city of Bariloche - about 100km from Calbuco - where ash clouds were expected.

Residents there have been warned to stay indoors.

Authorities said no hot rocks or lava had been seen so far, only ash. However, experts warned that local rivers could be flooded by melting snow and ice.

Alejandro Verges, a local emergency director, told the Associated Press that the eruption came as a surprise. Calbuco last erupted in 1972.

_82502389_c0dd8884-c5ed-48fc-befa-30b726People in the town of Puerto Varas look on at the volcano's huge ash cloud

TV footage showed traffic jams in Puerto Montt and long queues at petrol stations. The nearby town of Puerto Varas was also under a state of alert.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo called on people affected to "remain calm and stay informed".

"The police have given orders and begun to evacuate," he said.

Chile has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia, with about 500 that are potentially active.

It is southern Chile's second volcanic eruption in as many months. In March, theVillarrica volcano erupted in the early hours of the morning, spewing ash and lava.

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The ash is a cancer causer, also takes paint off of vehicles and houses.

Pnuemonomicroscopicsilivolcaneosis(sp)- or something like that -the type of cancer caused. Only remember from high school as that was supposed to be the longest word in the world.

I lived in Sidney Bc when Mnt. St. Helens went up. Dark gray days for a couple of weeks, minimal ash fall on the Saanich peninsula.

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