Chilean Volcano Keeps Rumbling
Area evacuated as lava flies 12 miles into the sky from long-dormant Chaiten
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 1:53 PM CDT
This image provided by NASA's MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite shows volcanic ash and steam billowing from the Chaiten Volcano in southern Chile, drifting across Argentina and dissipating...   (AP Photo/NASA)
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(Newser) – The southern Chilean town of Chaiten has been totally evacuated after a volcano, active since Friday, belched molten lava and ash more than 12 miles high, the AP reports. Around 4,000 people have already left the area since the volcano—believed dormant for thousands of years—began acting up, and navy ships evacuated any that remained today.