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Villarrica vē˝yärē´kä [key], active volcano, 9,338 ft (2,847 m), Cautín prov., S central Chile, in the Andes on the SE shore of Lake Villarrica, 60 mi (97 km) SE of Temuco. It is protected by Villarrica National Park. Glaciers cover 15 sq mi (40 sq km) of the volcano, and a 3.7-mi-wide (6-km) caldera formed during the late Pleistocene is a popular destination for hikers. One of Chile's most active volcanoes, eruptions have been recorded there since 1558, with violent explosions in 1964, 1971, and 2015.

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