Villarrica volcano news & activity updates:
Villarrica volcano (Central Chile) activity update
Tuesday Feb 17, 2015 12:06 PM | BY: T
Activity from the summit vent has increased, with an average of 5 strombolian-type explosions per minute observed recently. Bright incandescence is visible above the crater.
Yellow preventive alert for the communes Villarrica, Pucón and Curarrehue remains in place by Civil Protection (ONEMI). Access to the crater is closed at the moment.
Saturday, Feb 07, 2015
Magma has reached the surface of the inner summit crater. Strombolian activity has formed a new small cone containing a small lava lake in its open vent. This followed a strong increase in volcanic tremor to about 20 times background level starting since Thursday. Glow from the volcano's top has become visible at night. ... [more]
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
Increasing activity at the volcano was reported by the Projecto Observación Visual Volcán Villarrica (POVI), suggesting that deep-seated strombolian activity has resumed in the summit crater. ... [more]
Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013
According to Projecto Observación Visual Volcán Villarrica (POVI), satellite images of Villarrica acquired on 25 July revealed a weak thermal anomaly. On 29 July observers photographed the crater and described a thermal anomaly on the S edge of the crater rim, in the same area from which a lava flow originated on 29 December 1971. They also heard deep degassing sounds. A second photograph showed a diffuse gas plume rising from the bottom of the crater, and ash and lapilli on the snow on the inner crater walls. ... [more]
Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
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. ... [more]
Villarrica volcano (Central Chile and Argentina, South America) activity update: steaming, signs of reawakening
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]