Chaiten 2008

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside.

After apparently settling down a bit over the weekend, Chaiten has kicked it back up a notch. The latest reports say that two ash columns are active ... and that is about all we get for more news. Not surprisingly, most of the damage around the volcano has been done by flooding and/or lahars, thanks to the ash and debris-choked rivers like Rio Blanco. It also sounds like the SERNAGEOMIN is digging in for the long-haul, calling for the eruption to go on - to some degree - for months. This isn't too shocking considering the minor dome eruption at Mt. Saint Helens that started in 2004 has been going on for 4 years.