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Stunning pictures capture Chile volcano eruption

These stunning pictures show Chile's Calbuco volcano erupting for the first time in more than 42 years.

Smoke and ash rise from the Calbuco volcano. Credit: Reuters

Authorities ordered the evacuation of 1,500 people as a huge ash cloud spread across the sparsley populated mountainous area.

The colours faded as a thick plume of smoke rose several kilometres in the air. Credit: Reuters

The 6,500 ft Calbuco is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanos but no hot rocks or lava have been seen this time.

The smoke cloud over the town of Ensenada. Credit: Reuters

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Chile forest fire 'contained but still a threat'

The blaze, which is now contained, was blamed for the death of a woman who had a heart attack. Credit: Reuters/Pablo Sanhueza

A wildfire burning near the Chilean ports of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar has been contained but is still a threat, authorities said.

Up to 7,000 people had been evacuated from the area while the fire raged but now they are beginning to return home.

About 200 firefighters are still trying to control the blaze, which started on Friday afternoon at an illegal dump and was quickly spread by strong winds, leading officials to declare a state of emergency.

Officials said the fire has now been hemmed in, but warned that high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds remained a danger and could rekindle the blaze.

Deputy Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said: "The fire is not controlled, but it is contained. What has been done is work to contain so the fire cannot expand."

Thousands of people evacuated as Chile forest fire rages

Thousands of people have been evacuated from around the Chilean port city of Valparaiso as a forest fire raged out of control, Reuters news agency reported.

At least 4,500 people were being evacuated from Valparaiso and neighbouring Vina del Mar and a state of emergency had been declared.

The fire began in a rubbish dump and spread rapidly as it burnt some 260 hectares. Credit: Reuters
Three firefighters were taken to hospital with injuries after battling the blaze. Credit: Reuters
Firefighters were working to keep the flames from reaching populated areas of Valparaiso. Credit: Reuters
4,500 people were being evacuated from Valparaiso and neighbouring Vina del Mar. Credit: Reuters

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Earthquake rocks Chilean capital Santiago

A strong, magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook buildings in Chile's capital Santiago.

The epicenter was 31 miles north-northeast of the port city of Valparaiso, the US Geological Service said.

There were no reports of casualties or significant damage but local media reported there were power cuts

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