Lonely Planet Writer

Thousands evacuated as Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile

The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile. Image by AP Photo/Aton Chile.
The Villarica volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile. Image by AP Photo/Aton Chile.

The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted early Tuesday morning, sending ash and lava 3300 ft into the air. Some 3000 people have been evacuated from the vicinity. The volcano, a popular hiking destination, has a lava lake in its crater and it has not erupted since 1985. The volcano is now in a passive state, according to Pucon mayor Carlos Parra. President Michelle Bachelet will tour the area to assess the situation later Tuesday. Read more: bbc.com