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Latest news from Chaitén volcano:
Steaming Chaitén volcano seen from Chaitén town on 23 Dec 2013
Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013
Un visitante nos envió la siguiente actualización corta: "hoy en día (a partir del 23 de diciembre) el volcán era bastante tranquilo; de la ciudad, uno puede identificar 9 áreas de incandescencia en el domo de lava ". [Leer más]
The glowing lava dome from Chaitén last night (photo: Francisco Negroni)
Monday, Dec 23, 2013
El domo de lava del volcán se ha vuelto más activo recientemente. Spots incandescentes son visibles durante la noche y una anomalía termal es visible en los datos satelitales. Esto sugiere que podría estar subiendo nuevo magma en el volcán. (Por lo menos hasta ahora) no se ha producido ninguna actividad explosiva. [Leer más]

Chaitén volcano

Caldera, lava dome 1122 m
El sur de Chile y Argentina, América del sur, -42.83°S / -72.65°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
Chaitén webcams / datos en tiempo real
Última actualización: 24 Dec 2013
Typical eruption style: Explosive, lava dome growth
Erupciones del volcán Chaitén: 2 May 2008 (plinian eruption) - 2011 Image of the rhyolitic lava dome of Chaitén Volcano during its 2008-2010 eruption (photo: Sam Beebe)
Últimos terremotos cercanos: No hay terremotos recientes
Fecha / HoraRevista / ProfundidadDistanciaUbicación
Chaiten is a caldera volcano in southern Chile that had its first historic eruption on May 2, 2008 when it erupted violently. Ash fall and lahars during the eruption largely damaged the town of Chaitén, which had been evacuated as the eruption started. Eruption plume from Chaiten on 26 May 2008 - view from the SW. Lumpy areas on the middle to lower cone mark obsidian outcrops on the now buried older dome. Burned vegetation is visible at the bottom center along the Blanco River. Photo by Jeff Marso, 2008 (U.S. Geological Survey).

Background:

Chaitén is a small, glacier-free late-Pleistocene caldera with a Holocene lava dome located 10 km NE of the town of Chaitén on the Gulf of Corcovado. The north side of the rhyolitic, 962-m-high obsidian lava dome occupying the 3.5-km-wide caldera is unvegetated. Obsidian cobbles from this dome found in the Blanco River are the source of prehistorical artifacts from archaeological sites along the Pacific coast as far as 400 km away from the volcano to the north and south. The caldera is breached on the SW side by a river that drains to the bay of Chaitén, and the high point on its southern rim reaches 1,122 m. Two small lakes occupy the caldera floor on the west and north sides of the lava dome. Moreno (1985 pers. comm.) noted that the nearby volcano of Yelcho listed by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (1973) does not exist.
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Source: Global Volcanism Program at www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm

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