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Chaitén – new images 18 June 2008

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In this post are nine new images of the most recent eruptive activity at Chaitén volcano, taken on 17 June 2008 (not 14 June – thanks for the correction, Javier); all but the first are under the cut, so please click on ‘more’ to see the complete set. Many thanks to Werner Keller of the Villarrica and Llaima Volcanoes Visual Observation Project (POVI) in Chile for these images, which are copyright © El Mercurio.

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

Chaitén 14 June 2008 © El Mercurio

For all our Chaitén coverage: Chaitén << The Volcanism Blog

Global Volcanism Program: Chaitén – summary information for Chaitén (1508-41)
ONEMI, Oficina Nacional de Emergencia – Chilean government emergencies office (Spanish)
SERNAGEOMIN – Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (Spanish)

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1. Hawkeye - 19 June 2008

Great photos. I sure am glad I found this blog during such a noteworthy eruption.

2. Javier - 19 June 2008

they were all taken on 17th june. Amazing pics!!! You can see with details the new center of emision that opened 5 days earlier, aparently the original was covered by the rapid growth of the new dome.

3. Fresh Bilge » Chaitén Photos - 19 June 2008

[…] Volcanism Blog has published an awesome aerial photo sequence from June 14, when the weather was clear. The eruption has increased in intensity since then. But […]

4. Ross - 19 June 2008

Great pictures! What is the volume of the new dome compared to the old one?

5. volcanism - 19 June 2008

Thanks for the correction, Javier – I’ve remedied the error on the date. As for the volume of the new dome, I’ve seen no figures. I’d be interested in the answer, not least because the new dome has grown so rapidly. – Ralph

6. Luciano Sosa - 19 June 2008

I live in El Bolson Argentina and I wanted to thank you for these great photos. Luciano

7. Javier - 19 June 2008

I haven´t see any estimates on the volume of the dome, what I read in the reports is in comparison to the old dome. I think the new dome started to grow a few weeks after de eruption. It grew up to the same size (or so) as the old dome, then it was estable for about a week, and now it´s been getting bigger for ten days, growing higher than the old one.

8. monica - 19 June 2008

Great pictures, Javier, and thanks for posting them! And thanks, most especially, to Werner keller for TAKING them! What an experience that must be!

9. Hawkeye - 19 June 2008

Good news. I was just exploring the Cascades Volcano Observatory ftp site, which I had not done for a while because the St Helens eruption ended in January. When the volcanologists create movies, papers, presentations, etc. they often store them there. One of them recently created a VDAP (US volcano disaster assistance program) Powerpoint presentation that includes a good bit of Chaiten analysis. As of late May the lava dome volume was ~55 million cubic meters. The average rate of lava extrusion up to that point was 37 cubic meters per second, with the current rate at that point over 50 cubic meters per second. That is insane. I’ve never heard of any viscous lava extruding anywhere close to that rate before. It says if the current rate continues it will take less than three months to build a dome equal in volume to the old dome.

ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/wr/wa/vancouver/Pallister/SERNAGEOMIN/Bachelet Briefing Compr JPJEJM.ppt

10. Hawkeye - 19 June 2008

The ftp link did not show up correctly in my last post, so if you want to watch the Powerpoint presentation just copy and paste the full address.

11. Alan Sullivan - 19 June 2008

I tried that and no results. Are you sure that’s workable? As I understand it, FTP is a protocol for sending data, not browsing it.

I’d certainly like to know more about the dome extrusion rate. If that number is correct, it’s another sign of trouble. How does it compare with the Pinatubo rate, prior to blowup there? I think I’ll go check, I don’t know the number offhand.

12. Hawkeye - 19 June 2008

I just tried it on two computers and it downloaded just fine on both of them. Just be sure to highlight and copy the entire address, both lines together, from “ftp…” to “…ppt”. The link did not show up correctly in the post because of the blank spaces between some of the words in the file name.

13. Hawkeye - 19 June 2008

When I say “paste” the ftp link, I mean paste it in the address bar in your browser. A window should pop up asking if you want to open or save the file. It seems you have to save the file to your computer first and then open it (assuming you either have MS Powerpoint installed or you downloaded a file from MS that allows you to watch Powerpoint presentations.)

14. volcanism - 19 June 2008

Hawkeye, many thanks for finding this presentation. I downloaded it with no problem. I’ll put up a quick post shortly summarizing the main points. – Ralph

15. Javier - 19 June 2008

Great presentation! It has really useful information. I couldn´t find the “Cascades Volcano Observatory ftp site” so I hope you link again if anything new comes up. Thanks Hawkeye!!

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[…] thanks to commenter Hawkeye for locating this […]

17. Silver Fox - 20 June 2008

Great new pics – thanks!

18. Fresh Bilge » Chaitén Update 21 - 20 June 2008

[…] viewing the latest photos of the Chaitén’s lava dome at The Volcanism Blog, I have been in a state of shock and awe. This evening, via another TVB post, […]

19. Lisa Gentry - 22 June 2008

as always Volcanism Blog and Fresh Bilge both rock!

20. jackie - 23 June 2008

Thankyou for letting me study these new eruptions! Terry it is wonderful to see all this power.

21. boris behncke - 23 June 2008

These and many more photos of the volcano, the eruption effects, the evacuation, and visits to the devastated town are available (as jpg files in ORIGINAL SIZE – that is, huge images!) at the “Gobierno Regional de los Lagos” web site:


Thanks for this blog!


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