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Calbuco volcano erupts in southern Chile for first time since 1972; nearby town evacuated

  • Children watch the Calbuco volcano erupt, from Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (AP Photo/Carlos F. Gutierrez) - CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILE

    Children watch the Calbuco volcano erupt, from Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (AP Photo/Carlos F. Gutierrez) - CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

  • The Calbuco volcano is seen erupting from Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (AP Photo/Carlos F. Gutierrez) - CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILE

    The Calbuco volcano is seen erupting from Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (AP Photo/Carlos F. Gutierrez) - CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

  • The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (AP Photo/Carlos F. Gutierrez) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILE

    The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (AP Photo/Carlos F. Gutierrez) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN PUBLICACIONES O WEBSITES EN CHILE  (The Associated Press)

Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, and Chilean authorities have ordered the evacuation of the few thousand people living in a town a few miles away.

The National Mining and Geology Service has issued a high alert, barring access to the mountainous area around the volcano in southern Chile. The area is sparsely populated, with only a few small communities. The town of Ensenada is being evacuated as a precaution.

The volcano's last eruption was in 1972 and it is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanos.