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Villarrica volcano
Stratovolcano 2847 m / 9,340 ft
Central Chile, -39.42°S / -71.93°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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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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Villarrica volcano (Chile): new deep-seated weak explosive activity detected

Sunday Jan 20, 2013 12:05 PM | BY: T

Terrestrial and satellite observations confirm that for about 2 weeks weak explosive activity deep within the summit crater has resumed and indicates that magma might have begun to rise again within the volcano.
This ends a period of more than six months of remarkable inactivity. It is expected that in the coming weeks or months incandescence will be visible again at the crater during the nights.
The activity levels are so low, that without the help of satellites it would not have been possible to detect the increase in heat from the crater.
In addition, about 2 weeks ago, the seasonal melting of ice and snow on the volcano began and produced large volumes of meltwater that drained within and at the base of glaciers. A critical mass of water might have entered the volcano's hydrothermal system. The internal heat evaporates the water in the immediate area of ​​the volcanic conduit and forms condensation on the inner walls above. The condensation phenomenon has been observed in good weather, notably on 16 and 17 January after noon.
The detailed analysis of more than 12,000 daily sequential images indicates that no ash emissions have occurred nor landslides in recent months.
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Previous news
Thursday, Nov 15, 2012
Incandescence from Villarrica's crater had subsided mid-April 2012 and was undetected by satellite and ground observations at least through 10 November. Images captured by a camera in Pucon (16 km N) on 10 November showed an increase in the plume intensity. Small water vapor plumes, 50 m wide, rose from the depths of the crater. [more]
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
In its activity report published on 1 May, SERNAGEOMIN reported low levels of seismicity during April 2012 from Villarrica volcano and has it currently at GREEN level. Glow from the summit was visible most of the month. [more]
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012
Spattering from Villarrica's lava lake was visible during 7-9 March. 4 small ash emissions were observed during 13-14 March. [more]
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012
2 small ash emissions from Villarrica occurred on 7 March. Incandescence from the crater was observed from the town of Pucon (16 km N) during 7-8 March. [more]
Friday, Oct 31, 2008
Three ash plumes were emitted from Villarrica volcano on 26 October. [more]
 

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