Evacuation near Chilean volcano

Authorities in Chile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of around 3,000 people near the Copahue volcano, warning it could erupt at any time.

Red alert for Copahue volcano last issued in December

Chile and Argentina have ordered a red alert and evacuation of around 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano located between their shared border.

Last December, Chile also issued a red alert after the volcano started spewing ash and gas, resulting in a cloud of ash almost a mile (1.5 kms) high in the Biobio region.

Copahue is one of the most active volcanoes in the region.

Chile and Argentina order evacuation of volcano

Authorities in Chile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of around 3,000 people near the Copahue volcano, warning the Chilean volcano could erupt at any moment.

The Copahue volcano in late 2012. Credit: Reuters

The volcano, which is 310 miles south of capital Santiago and located between Chile's Bio Bio region and Argentina's Neuquen province, has seen increasing seismic activity in recent weeks.

Chilean Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said: "This doesn't necessarily mean the volcano will start erupting.

"But according to the Sernageomin (National Geological and Mining Service), the volcano is now in a process that could culminate in an eruption, for that reason we've issued a red alert and the evacuation."

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