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LOOK: Pictures Of The Villarrica Volcano's Eruption In Chile

The eruption of the Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has prompted the evacuation of thousands of people, as it spewed heavy smoke into the air and lava down its slopes.

The 9,000-foot volcano hovers over the city of Pucon, home to about 22,000 people.

"It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen," Travis Armstrong, a 29-year-old Australian tourist, told The Associated Press. "I've never seen a volcano erupt and it was spewing lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Lightning was striking down at the volcano from the ash cloud that formed from the eruption."

Here's what that looks like.

Villarrica volcano erupts on Tuesday. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated as snow melt caused by the eruption has led to the risk of flooding i

Villarrica volcano erupts on Tuesday. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated as snow melt caused by the eruption has led to the risk of flooding Ariel Marinkovic/EPA /Landov hide caption

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Villarrica volcano erupts on Tuesday. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated as snow melt caused by the eruption has led to the risk of flooding

Villarrica volcano erupts on Tuesday. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated as snow melt caused by the eruption has led to the risk of flooding

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Ash and lava spew from the volcano, as seen from Pucon, Chile. i

Ash and lava spew from the volcano, as seen from Pucon, Chile. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Ash and lava spew from the volcano, as seen from Pucon, Chile.

Ash and lava spew from the volcano, as seen from Pucon, Chile.

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A general view of the Chilean volcano Villarrica, erupting near the town of the same name, some 466 miles south of Santiago. i

A general view of the Chilean volcano Villarrica, erupting near the town of the same name, some 466 miles south of Santiago. Ariel Marinkovic/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A general view of the Chilean volcano Villarrica, erupting near the town of the same name, some 466 miles south of Santiago.

A general view of the Chilean volcano Villarrica, erupting near the town of the same name, some 466 miles south of Santiago.

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A view of the eruption.

A view of the eruption. Ariel Marinkovic/EPA /Landov hide caption

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