Chile issues red alert over Copahue volcano

  • Chilean authorities issued a red alert on Monday for the Copahue volcano on the border with Argentina, saying the volcano could erupt imminently.

    More than 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the area.

    The 10,000-foot volcano is located in the Andes cordillera, on the border with Argentina.

    According to Chile's Emergency Office, the evacuation could last for 48 hours though it may be delayed due to heavy rains in the region.

    Authorities in Argentina's Neuquen province have issued a yellow alert and have not ordered an evacuation.

    Last December, Chile issued a red alert after Copahue began spewing ash and gas.

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