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Villarrica volcano, located near Villarrica 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile, which began erupting on March 3, 2015 forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages. The Villarrica volcano, one of Chile's most active, began erupting around 3:00 am (0600 GMT), prompting authorities to declare a red alert and cancel classes in schools, the National Emergency Office said.

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Villarrica volcano, located near Villarrica 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile, which began erupting on Tuesday forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages

Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. This is the second eruption in the past year at Piton de la Fournaise after 3-years of quiet.

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Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion. This is the volcano’s second eruption in the past year after three years of quiet

Reunion Island's active volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise, erupting near the Dolomieu, Bory and Rivals craters on the French Island of Reunion.

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Piton de la Fournaise, erupting near the Dolomieu, Bory and Rivals craters on the French island of Réunion

A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early 02 February 2015. The eruptions are reported to have begun on 31 January 2015 at Mount Etna's new south east crater

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A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday

 Lava and clouds of smoke and gases being emitted from a volcano on the island of Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde. After violent explosions recorded at dawn, the volcanic eruption that occurs since 23 November on the Cape Verdean island of Fogo calmed, allowing some inhabitants in the area to recover possession

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Lava and clouds of smoke and gases being emitted from a volcano on the island of Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde

Inhabitants of Cha das Caldeiras carry their belongings as they leave the area due to the activity of the volcano which began erupting in the island of Fogo, Cape Verde, 25 November 2014. The volcano on 23 November 2014 was reported to have erupted at dawn and made it necessary to activate evacuation plans at various points of the island, media reports state. There were no immediate reports yet on any casualties caused by the volcanic eruption.

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Inhabitants of Chã das Caldeiras carry their belongings as they flee the volcano erupting in the island of Fogo, Cape Verde

TOPSHOTS In this photograph taken on Oct...TOPSHOTS In this photograph taken on October 30, 2014, a house is in ruins and partly buried by volcanic ash and lava from the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano seen in the background, as seen from the abandoned Sukameriah village in Karo district located in the volcano's danger zone. Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered authorities to speed up the relocation of displaced residents during his visit at the evacuation center in Karo district in Sumatra island on October 29, 2014. Sinabung began erupting on September 2013 and in February 2014 an eruption killed about 17 people while more than 33,000 residents were forced to flee their homes.  AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYASUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

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In this photograph a house is in ruins and partly buried by volcanic ash and lava from the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano seen in the background, as seen from the abandoned Sukameriah village in Karo district located in the volcano’s danger zone. Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered authorities to speed up the relocation of displaced residents during his visit at the evacuation center in Karo district in Sumatra island Wednesday 

A woman walks on a road covered with ash following a further eruption of the Mount Sinabung on October 13, 2014 in Berastagi, Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has lain dormant for over 400 years, has been intermittently erupting since September 15 last year, killing 15 people and forcing hundreds to flee their homes. According to The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, more than 3,000 residents are still displaced.

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A woman walks on a road covered with ash following a further eruption of the Mount Sinabung on Monday in Berastagi, Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Scorching lava flow and giant ash clouds released from the crater during the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano as seen from Karo district located in Sumatra island. Indonesian authorities said pyroclastics flow reached 4.5 kilometers down the slope threatening populated villages whlie ash clouds reached three kilometers to the sky during it latest series of eruption that began on October 5.

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Scorching lava and giant ash clouds spew out as Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Karo district in Sumatra island, Indonesia

Mount Sinabung eruption...epa04437808 Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 09 October 2014. Mount Sinabung erupted in the last four days, forcing hundreds of people to flee their home. The 2,460-metre volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010.  EPA/DEDY SAHPUTRA

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Mount Sinabung spews lava and volcanic ash in North Sumatra, Indonesia. In the past four days hundreds of people have fled their homes after renewed eruptions. The 2,460-metre volcano, which was dormant for 400 years, began erupting in August 2010. 

Dark giant ash clouds rise from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption on October 8, 2014, as seen from Karo district located on Indonesia's Sumatra island, following an earlier eruption on October 5, 2014.According to authorities hundreds of residents are still housed at evacuation centers as authorities maintains off limit danger zone around Mount Sinabung located in Indonesia's Sumatra island following deadly eruption in early February that killed about 17 people.

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The Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island in Indonesia erupts on Wednesday, following an eruption on Sunday.

JSDF soldiers conduct rescue operations on Mount Ontake, which erupted on September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan...Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations on Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan, in this October 7, 2014 handout photograph released by the Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan. Two more bodies were found on Mount Ontake on Tuesday, nearly a week and a half after the eruption that killed at least 51 people, Japanese media reported. The search continues for 10 people still missing in what has become the nation's worst volcanic disaster in a century.

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Soldiers from the Japan Self-Defense Forces conduct search operations on Tuesday on Mount Ontake, which erupted on September 27. Sixteen people are still missing following the eruption of the volcano, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan.

Rescue work resumes at Japanese volcano...epa04422786 A handout aerial picture dated 27 September 2014 taken by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Chubu Regional Development Bureau shows the eruption of the Mount Ontake, between Gifu and Nagano prefectures, in central Japan. On 29 September 2014, five more survivors were found in critical condition near the summit of the volcano. 10 people were confirmed dead late 28 September and more than 60 injured.

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An aerial photograph shows the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan. More than 30 hikers were found dead on Sunday on the mountainside, a day after the eruption sent plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the sky. 

An aerial picture taken on September 14,...An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows lava flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. AFP PHOTO /  BERNARD MERICBERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images

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An aerial picture shows lava flowing out of the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could erupt. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland’s second-highest peak and is located under Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. 

A long exposure photo shows smoke rising as lava flows from the crater of Mount Slamet volcano before dawn, as seen from Brebes town in Indonesia's Central Java province on September 12, 2014. Indonesian authorities have put the Mount Slamet volcano on the second-highest alert level after it erupted 38 times on September 11, spewing lava some 1500 metres (5,000 feet) into the air. Authorities warned residents to remain outside a four-kilometre radius of the volcano.

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Smoke rises as lava flows from the crater of Mount Slamet volcano, as seen before dawn from Brebes town in Indonesia‘s Central Java province on Friday

Lava fountains are pictured at the site of a fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano September 2, 2014. A fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano was still spouting lava on Monday but no ash, a day after an eruption that briefly caused the country to raise its ash alert level for aviation to its highest level. Iceland's largest volcanic system - 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) - has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks, putting scientists have been on high alert.

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Lava fountains spew out at the site of a fissure eruption near Icelands Bardarbunga volcano

The Tungurahua volcano throws ash and stones during an eruption seen from Banos, Ecuador, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The volcano entered an eruptive phase in 1999 and continues to this day.

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The Tungurahua volcano throws ash and stones during an eruption seen from Banos, Ecuador

Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.

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Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed

Lava spewed by the Tungurahua volcano can be seen from the city of Banos, Ecuador. An orange alert was issued by the volcanic activity of the Tungurahua

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Lava spewed by the Tungurahua volcano can be seen from the city of Banos, Ecuador. An orange alert was issued by the volcanic activity of the Tungurahua

The Tungurahua volcano spews smoke as pictured from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador...The Tungurahua volcano spews smoke as pictured from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador, February 3, 2014. An orange alert was issued in response to the volcanic activity. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares (ECUADOR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

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The Tungurahua volcano, as seen from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador