Villarrica volcano (Chile): paroxysm with lava fountains and tall ash plume
Activity increased to a paroxysmal eruption this morning, as strombolian explosions merged into sustained tall lava fountains several hundreds of meters tall, feeding lava flows on the upper slopes of the volcano.
Tue, 3 Mar 2015, 17:3917:39 PM | BY: T
The ash plume rose approx. 3 km above the volcano and caused moderate ash fall in nearby areas. Red alert was declared in the municipalities of Villarrica, Pucón and Curarrehue in the La Araucanía region, as well as in Panguipulli in the Los Ríos region. More than 3300 people were evacuated.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015, 06:00
Villarrica volcano (Chile) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 25 February-3 March 2015 (New Activity / Unrest)
OVDAS-SERNAGEOMIN reported that on 28 February a significant increase in seismicity at Villarrica was detected along with Strombolian explosions and tephra ejected 1 km away. Seismicity continued to increase and on 2 March indicated that the lava lake level had risen. Strombolian explosions continued and ejected tephra as far as 600 m onto the flanks. ... Read all
Tue, 17 Feb 2015, 12:06
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. Read all