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Volcano spews ash on Chile-Argentina border

Published on Dec 23, 2012 8:57 AM

SANTIAGO (AFP) - Southern Chile's Copahue Volcano belched plumes of ash skyward on Saturday, prompting authorities there and in neighbouring Argentina to issue a low-level alert.

While the 2,965m volcano straddles the two countries' border, its crater, where most of the activity was under way, leans toward the Argentine side, experts told AFP.

Authorities alerted residents in a small nearby community, Biobio, and were monitoring the activity closely, they said.

Mayor Victor Lobos said locals were concerned but said no lava or rocks have been expelled from the crater.

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