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Standing on the bank, three residents of a small Chilean village watch as steam hauntingly rises from the local river.

With one using his camera to capture the spectacle, the grey-coloured water flows past, laced with stones and ash from the nearby volcano.

And the steam that hangs above the Nilahue River is caused by rocks spewing from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic eruption in the Andes of eastern Chile.

The usually chilly river temperature of six degrees has been raised to an average of around 45 degrees by the eruption.

The huge surge in temperature has caused more than 4.3million fish to die since it began last Saturday.

The eruption also forced the evacuation of 3,500 people from around the site, while a ten kilometre exclusion zone was also set up.

Ash that has risen from the volcano is falling across South America, with reports it has reached as far as Argentine capital Buenos Aires, around 850miles away.

The ash cloud is not causing problems on the ground, but in the skies it is a different story.

At least a dozen flights have been cancelled, while others have been re-routed to airports across the continent.

The country's transport ministry has said that at least seven regional airports are closed and will not re-open until the cloud clears.


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