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Last Updated: Tuesday June 07 2011 11:18 GMT

PICTURES: Chile volcanoes erupting

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

WOW! What a sight! Thousands of people have had to leave their homes after a group of volcanoes in southern Chile started erupting.

Smoke after the eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

The smoke could be seen for miles. The volcanoes are called the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle range and are about 500 miles south of the capital, Santiago.

Woman cleans car after eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

Loads of ash has fallen everywhere, like over this woman's car. A dozen small earthquakes were recorded before the eruption began.

Police officers watch eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

There's still a lot of smoke and ash coming from the volcanoes - it's going up to six miles into the air.

Playing table tennis while in the background there's a cloud from the eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

So far there haven't been any reports of injuries. Some people - like these table tennis fans - have refused to leave their homes in case they are burgled.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

Chile is one of the most volcanic countries on Earth. There are more than 3,000 volcanoes dotted along its length, and about 80 of them are active.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

Now the government is watching the ash pouring out the volcanos really closely - it had been heading towards neighbouring country Argentina.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

It's thought that in total about 3,500 people had to leave their homes because of the eruptions, but some decided to stay because they didn't want to leave their animals.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

The volcanos have launched ash, but also pumice stones into the air. They are really light and rough stones that your mum might use on her feet!

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

The eruptions are very dangerous for anyone living in the area, but they did cause a beautful lightning storm.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

The ash was so thick it blocked out the sun in some areas and they said it felt like night time. Locals also said when the ash fell it was like a snow storm.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

Schools are closed and flights are cancelled because of the ash cloud - with it likely that nothing will take off for a few days.

Eruption at the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle volcano range in southern Chile

The ash spread so far that it made the air murky and grey in a town nearly 500 miles away.