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Thousands flee homes as Chile volcanoes erupt

5 June 2011 Last updated at 10:48 BST

A chain of volcanoes has erupted in southern Chile, sending a column of smoke and ash high into the air.

More than 3,000 people have been moved from their homes and are being housed in temporary shelters.

The authorities have issued a red alert, the maximum warning level for the area around the volcanoes.

Alpa Patel reports.