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June 6, 2011
Chile volcano billows giant plume for second day

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A volcano in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted for a second day Sunday, shooting out pumice stones and pluming a cloud of ash six miles (10 kilometers) high and three miles (five kilometers) wide. Flights in the region were canceled and more than 3,500 people stayed away from their homes near the volcano, which produced an eerie show of lightning dancing through its clouds of ash overnight. Most of the residents in 22 settlements near the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex evacuated when the eruption began Saturday afternoon and were staying in government shelters or friends' homes. There were no reports of injuries. (15 images)

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Volcanic lightning is seen over the Puyehue volcano, located more than 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, on Sunday June 5, 2011. Authorities have evacuated about 600 people in the nearby area. The volcano was calm on Sunday, one day after raining down ash and forcing thousands to flee, although the cloud of soot it had belched out still darkened skies as far away as Argentina. AP / Francisco Negroni, AgenciaUno


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A column of smoke and volcanic lightning are seen over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, Sunday June 5, 2011. AP / Francisco Negroni, AgenciaUno



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A column of smoke and volcanic lightning are seen over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, Sunday June 5, 2011. AP / Francisco Negroni, AgenciaUno



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A column of smoke and ash spews from the Puyehue volcano, some 1,100 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Martin Iniguez



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A car is completely covered in volcanic ash in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Sunday June 5, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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Workers use bulldozers to remove volcanic ash that blew in from the erupting Puyehue volcano, into San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Sunday June 5, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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A man removes volcanic ash from his roof using water from a garden hose in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Sunday June 5, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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A soldier helps to a girl during a preventive evacuation of the area surrounding the Puyehue volcano in Entrelagos some 1,100 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Martin Iniguez



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A woman scrapes ash from the windshield of a car in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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People walk past cars covered with ash from Chile's Puyehue volcano in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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A vehicle moves along a street covered with ash from Chile's Puyehue volcano in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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Cars covered with ash from Chile's Puyehue volcano are seen in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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Ash from Chile's Puyehue volcano fills the sky in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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A blanket of volcanic ash covers a neighborhood in San Carlos de Bariloche, southern Argentina, Sunday, June 5, 2011. AP / Alfredo Leiva



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A column of smoke and ash spews out from the Puyehue volcano, about 1,100 kilometers south of Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 4, 2011. AP / Martin Iniguez



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