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Volcano erupts in Chile, grounds flights

October 17, 2011

Chile Volcano

Chile Volcano (AP Photo/Alvaro Vidal)

Recently awakened Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano spewed ash clouds in southern Chile, disrupting flights to Argentine, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay, airline officials said.

In statements released Monday, Brazilian airlines Gol and Tam say the cloud from the volcano appeared Sunday. The volcano has been sporadically active since June.

The statements indicated that the problem is affecting airports in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, and involves both domestic and international flights.

Argentine and Chilean airlines also announced interruptions in service.

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