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    Tuesday, May 06, 2008

    Chile volcano blasts ash 20 miles high, forcing evacuations

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    A thick column of ash climbed into the stratosphere and blew eastward for hundreds of miles (kilometers) over Patagonia to the Atlantic Ocean, closing schools and a regional airport. Chilean and Argentine citizens were advised to wear masks to avoid breathing the dangerous fallout.

    Chilean officials ordered the total evacuation of Chaiten, a small provincial capital in an area of lakes and glacier-carved fjords just six miles (10 kilometers) from the roiling cloud.

    Interior Minister Edmundo Perez said anyone still in the area should "urgently head to ships in the bay to be evacuated."

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