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Chaiten to bury Chaiten

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almost 6 years ago

I've been trying to keep up with the Chaiten eruption in Chile, but the news is just beginning to sound like a broken record: eruption continues, ash falls, don't know much else. However, it does sound like Chile is being realistic about people's chances of moving back to the town of Chaiten ...

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On my random speculations

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almost 6 years ago

Before we get too far, I wanted to make sure that folks understand that I'm just making educated conjectures on the nature of the eruptions I read about and by no means do I have any extra insight over those scientists on the ground at the eruption. I have a very limited set of data to examine ...

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The Chaiten eruption hits one week

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almost 6 years ago

This marks a full week of eruption at Chaiten and the volcano shows no signs of abating. You have to feel for Luis Lara. He is apparently the pointman for the SERNAGEOMIN in regards to this eruption and really, I think its anybody's guess what might happen next. Heck, we haven't seen many ...

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Ubinas, Peru

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almost 6 years ago

There are, indeed, other volcanoes erupting right now worldwide other than Chaiten. Of course, when you have an eruption like Chaiten going on, it is hard to pay attention to other eruptions. Ubinas, Peru Ubinas, in Peru, has been having intermittent ash eruptions for the past few months ...

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Chaiten gains force

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almost 6 years ago

Well, this is getting rather harrowing. Volcan Chaiten, the Chilean volcano that sprung back to life last Friday after anywhere between 2,000 to 7,000 of quiet, is apparently erupting lava along with ash now. Sounds like its a good rhyolite/rhyodacite lava based on the description: "very small ...

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Kilauea Eruptions 2008

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almost 6 years ago

For those of you who have missed it, Halemaumau Crater at Kilauea (Hawai'i, USA) have been experiencing new eruptions - some of them explosive - for the last couple months. These are the first eruptions at Halemaumau since the 1980s and the first explosive eruptions at Kilauea since the 1920s ...

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Chaiten Images

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almost 6 years ago

Monsters and Critics has some truly fabulous images of the ongoing eruption at Chaiten in Chile. The pictures of the extent of ash fall are quite remarkable. It is hard to tell exactly how deep the ash is or how far from the vent these pictures were taken, but one can imagine that if a ...