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Chaiten Eruption Update

May 3, 2008, 5:43 PM


Update 5/3/08: SERNAGEOMIN (the Chilean Geologic Survey) is now concerned that the eruption of Chaiten may be a the precursor of a larger eruption, mostly owing to the long (~9,000 year?) repose time. This could be the beginnings of a southern Andean Pinatubo.

The towns around Chaiten are more or less deserted now as the volcano continues to spew ash and pumice - upwards of 15 cm of ash in some places.

Edit: fixed link (thanks Mark)

Edit 2: fixed date of last eruption from ~7,000 years ago to ~9,000 years ago.


Chaiten Eruption Update

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