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Volcano in Southern Chile Erupts, Thousands Evacuated

The Villarica volcano is covered in snow near Pucon, Chile, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.  The search for three European hikers on the volcano in southern Chile now has high-tech help and a fresh group of volunteers, but heavy clouds are setting them back. The hikers, who have been lost for more than a week now on the Villarica volcano, are Dmitry Sivenkov of Russia, Gillhem Bellon of France and Luca Ogliengo of Italy. (AP Photo/Mauricio Cuevas)
The Villarica volcano is covered in snow near Pucon, Chile, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. The search for three European hikers on the volcano in southern Chile now has high-tech help and a fresh group of volunteers, but heavy clouds are setting them back. The hikers, who have been lost for more than a week now on the Villarica volcano, are Dmitry Sivenkov of Russia, Gillhem Bellon of France and Luca Ogliengo of Italy. (AP Photo/Mauricio Cuevas)

SANTIAGO, Chile— A volcano in southern Chile has erupted, prompting officials to evacuate thousands of people in the surrounding area. The Villarica volcano erupted Tuesday...




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