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Chaitén volcano (Chile): activity updates & news

Chaitén volcano
Caldera, lava dome 1122 m
Southern Chile and Argentina, South America, -42.83°S / -72.65°W
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5)
Chaitén webcams / live data
Chaitén volcano books
Chaitén volcano eruptions:
2 May 2008 (plinian eruption) - 2011
Typical eruption style:
Explosive, lava dome growth
Last earthquakes nearby
Latest satellite images
 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017, 16:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Buenos Aires (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Fri, 22 May 2015, 07:01
The alert level of the volcano was raised to "yellow", after an increase in seismic activity was detected. ...more
Tue, 24 Dec 2013, 09:06
Steaming Chaitén volcano seen from Chaitén town on 23 Dec 2013
A visitor sent us the following short update: "Today (as of 23 Dec) the volcano was rather calm; from the town, one can identify 9 areas of incandescence at the lava dome".
Mon, 23 Dec 2013, 08:31
The glowing lava dome from Chaitén last night (photo: Francisco Negroni)
The lava dome of the volcano has become more active recently. Incandescent spots are visible at night and a thermal anomaly is visible on satellite data. This suggests that new magma might be rising into the volcano. No explosive activity has (at least so far) occurred.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013, 08:57
Increased seismic activity has been detected under the volcano, Chilean scientists reported. ...more [read all]
Thu, 12 Nov 2009, 08:25
Chaitén's lava dome continues its growth and can shed pyroclastic flows and produce ash eruptions at all times. The alert level remains at its highest (red).
Tue, 10 Mar 2009, 12:54
On 24 February it was reported that a partial dome collapse of Chaitén's Domo Nuevo 1 lava-dome complex a large amount of material accumulated in the basal ring depression surrounding the dome complex and throughout the Blanco River valley. Steam plumes with little ash content and explosions were noted. ...more [read all]
Fri, 20 Feb 2009, 12:00
Chaitén volcano experienced an increase in activity over the past few weeks. Yesterday, around 11 am local time on 19 Feb., a largere section of the growing lava dome in the crater collapsed, triggering a large pyroclastic flow that came close to the already largely abandoned town of Chaitén. According to press reports, heavy ash falls occurred in the area and the evacuation of the remaining residents of the town is under way. ONEMI reports the eruption of a considerable column of ash. ...more [read all]
Thu, 15 Jan 2009, 22:45
It was reported that during 29 December-9 January Chaitén's lava dome continued to grow. Plumes rose to altitudes of 2.6-3.1 km. Block-and-ash flows from frequent spine collapses fell down from the edge. ...more
Fri, 21 Nov 2008, 21:42
During 12-17November ash plumes from Chaitén continuously rose to altitudes 1.4-3.7 km and a thermal anomaly was detected on satellite photos on 12 November

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