Chile’s Villarrica volcano erupted in the early hours of March 3, spewing ash and lava up to 3,300ft into the air.
More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the volcano’s vicinity in southern Chile. The mayor of the nearby town of Pucon said residents had left “calmly”.
President Michelle Bachelet said she would travel to the area on the same day to assess the situation.
It is a popular destination for hikers. Hundreds climb the peak each summer to peer inside the crater.
According to Chile’s Ministry of Mining, Villarrica’s last major eruption was in 1985.
More than 100 people are thought to have died in mudflows on the slopes of the volcano during the 20th Century.
Chilean police said the towns of Pucon and Conaripe had been evacuated as a precaution.
Pucon Mayor Carlos Parra said that after 20 minutes, the volcano’s activity seemed to have calmed down again.
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