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Villarrica volcano (Central Chile): illuminated lenticular cloud above crater, lava pond remains active

Tue, 10 May 2022, 04:29
04:29 AM | BY: MARTIN
The lightened lenticular cloud above the crater of Villarica volcano (image: P.O.V.I.)
The lightened lenticular cloud above the crater of Villarica volcano (image: P.O.V.I.)
Satellite image of the lava pond within the Villarica volcano summit crater detected on 3 May (image: Sentinel 2)
Satellite image of the lava pond within the Villarica volcano summit crater detected on 3 May (image: Sentinel 2)
The activity of the volcano continues at stable levels.
The latest infrared camera from 7 May depicts glowing steam and gas emissions suggesting the small active lava pond characterized by a delicate equilibrium between incoming and consumption of magma.
In addition, a magnificent lenticular cloud was being illuminated above the crater resulted from the glowing pond.
Lenticular clouds form when moist, stable air flows over a larger swirls, usually formed by mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves form on the leeward side of the mountain. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops below the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form these clouds.

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Villarrica volcano
Stratovolcano 2847 m / 9,340 ft
Central Chile, -39.42°S / -71.93°W
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5) Villarrica volcano eruptions:
2010-2012, 2008, 2005, 1985-2001 (lava lake), 1984-85, 1983, 1980, 1977, 1971-72, 1964, 1963(?), 1960-61, 1958-59, 1950(?), 1948-49, 1938, 1935, 1933, 1929, 1921, 1920-29, 1919(?), 1915-18(?), 1910?, 1909, 1908, 1907, 1906, 1904, 1897-98(?), 1893-94(?), 1883, 1879, 1877, 1875-76, 1874, 1869(?), 1867-68, 1864, 1859-60, 1853, 1852(?), 1837, 1832, 1822, 1815-18, 1806, 1801, 1799, 1796, 1792, 1790, 1787, 1780, 1777, 1759, 1751, 1745, 1742, 1737, 1716, 1688, 1657?, 1647?, 1640, 1594, 1562, 1558
Typical eruption style
Mildly explosive, strombolian activity, small lava lake in the summit crater
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