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Flights Grounded, Cities Evacuated in Wake of Erupting Volcano in Chile

File photo. Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Travel has been disrupted in areas of Argentina and Uruguay due the ash clouds forming from Chile's Puyhue-Cordon Caulle volcano, according to BBC News.

Officials have grounded flights departing Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay for the last two days.  Flights in other smaller cities were also suspended Friday.

BBC News reports that small Chilean communities surrounding the volcano's region have already evacuated.  Officials monitoring the activity say they fear recent heavy rains will heighten the risk of potential landslides containing volcanic debris.

With upwards of 3,000 volcanoes, 80 of them active, Chile is one of the most volcanic countries on Earth, BBC News says.

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