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Chile volcano evacuation steps up

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Chile is pushing for a full evacuation of the area surrounding Chaiten volcano, which spewed clouds of ash, gas and lava, following a partial collapse of its cone.

Footage shown on local TV showed a cloud of ash billowing into the sky over the town of Chaiten, which lies about six miles (10 km) from the crater.

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