Volcano in Chile erupts - level 3
A state of emergency’s been declared after the eruption of Volcano Calbuco near the town of Puerto Vara in southern Chile. It's the first time in more than five decades the volcano’s erupted, and as a result, a thick plume of smoke was sent 20 kilometres into the air.
Around 4,000 people have had to move out of the area, and an evacuation radius of 20 kilometres has been established, as officials warned of possible lahars – a mix of water and rock fragments that flow down a volcano's slopes and river valleys.
Schools have been closed in surrounding towns and flights have been canceled. There've been no reports of any deaths or injuries.
Chile sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and has the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia, including around 500 that are potentially active.
Difficult words: declare (to officially say/establish something), decade (10 years), plume (cloud), establish (start), fragment (a little piece of something).
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