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Villarrica volcano (Central Chile): intense paroxysm activity continues

Fri, 20 Jan 2023, 05:11 05:11 AM | BY: MARTIN
Powerful paroxysm showered the upper flank with scoria bombs last night (image: POVI)
Powerful paroxysm showered the upper flank with scoria bombs last night (image: POVI)
3D satellite image of Villarrica volcano displaying fresh ash deposits on its W-SW slopes (image: Sentinel 2)
3D satellite image of Villarrica volcano displaying fresh ash deposits on its W-SW slopes (image: Sentinel 2)
Strombolian activity at the volcano continues to be elevated.
Another lava-fountaining episode (paroxysm) appeared from the summit vent, vigorous lava jets reached perhaps 100 m in height, throwing hot, fresh and incandescent ejecta on the upper western-southwestern slopes of the edifice.
Given the past paroxysms that happened so far, Villarrica's tendency seems to produce such events in series at roughly regular intervals of approx. 17 hours or so.
The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Yellow with 500 meters exclusion zone around the main crater in place.
Source: Proyecto Observación Villarrica volcano activity update 20 January 2023

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Wed, 18 Jan 2023, 15:00

Villarrica volcano (Central Chile) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 11 January-17 January 2023 (Continuing Activity)

SERNAGEOMIN reported that the eruption at Villarrica was ongoing during 11-17 January. Strombolian explosions and lava fountaining from the vent on the crater floor were frequently visible in webcam images. Explosions during 11-12 January ejected material 80 m high and as far as 250 m onto the NE flank. ... Read all
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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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