2008-06-26 10:32:53 GMT 2008-06-26 18:32:53 (Beijing Time) SINA.com
A cat lies covered with ashes from Chaiten volcano on the floor of a destroyed house in the uninhabited and flooded Chaiten town in southern Chile, June 25, 2008. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado)
Chaiten residents returned to the town for the first time on Wednesday, since Chaiten Volcano erupted on May 2 spewing ash, gas and molten rock for the first time in thousands of years, to check the condition of their homes and recover their belongings.
Experts have said the volcano could erupt at a less volatile pace for months and even years.