Chile raises alert for Villarrica volcano to amber

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  • Monday, 25 Sep 2023

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Villarrica volcano seen from Villarrica area, Chile, December 1, 2022. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo

(Reuters) - Chile's National Geology and Mining Service, Sernageomin, on Sunday raised the alert level for the Villarrica volcano from yellow to amber, citing a gradual increase in volcanic activity.

One of South America's most active volcanoes, Villarrica has a 200 meter-wide open crater and last erupted in 2015, sparking a mass evacuation but ultimately no injuries.

An amber alert means there is a greater probability that an eruption will take place in the coming days or weeks.

(Reporting by Oliver Griffin in Bogota; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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