Chile: Volcano's eruption prompts evacuations

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Chile&#39;s Chaiten volcano erupts in Chaiten, Chile, Sunday, May 4, 2008. Chile&#39;s President Michelle Bachelet toured shelters packed with evacuees fleeing Chaiten volcano, which continued to spew smoke and ash across deserted southern villages. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Santiago Llanquin&#41; </span></div>
May 6, 2008 8:23:14 AM PDT
The Chaiten volcano spewed lava and blasted ash 12 miles (20 kilometers) into the sky on Tuesday, prompting officials to order a total evacuation of nearby area. More than 4,000 people had already fled and Palena province Gov. Fernando Aguilar ordered 280 more to leave immediately.

The volcano's five-day eruption already has sent a column of ash streaming across the narrow southern stretch of the continent and over the Atlantic.