Resurgence at Chaitén 19 February 2009Posted by admin in activity reports, Chaitén, Chile, eruptions.
Tags: Chaitén, Chile, South America, volcanic activity reports, volcanic eruptions
There was a major reactivation of the eruption at Chaitén volcano this morning. Everyone still in the town of Chaitén was evacuated, and the authorities have activated their various emergency plans. This was the picture captured by the north-facing camera at Chaitén airfield at 11:44…
The page for the Chaitén cameras is best accessed via the main DGAC airfield webcam page (warning, it’s rather cranky today). There’s also a live camera feed here – thanks to reader Brian Owens for the reminder. And Dr Erik Klemetti is also covering this event over at the Eruptions blog – check out what he has to say here.
An Associated Press report quotes Presidential Delegate Paula Narváez as saying that the volcano’s dome has been rocked by a major explosion, sending debris down the volcano’s slopes and threatening to block a river with debris and cause flooding. The Patagonia Times reports that the eruption began at around 11:30 and quotes an El Mercurio report that a partial dome collapse took place. About 140-160 people have been evacuated from Chaitén town.
Reuters has further details, quoting Deputy Interior Minister Patricio Rosende: ‘There has been a significant resumption of activity of Chaiten volcano. Our security team have observed an increase in the size of a column of ash and smoke, with a deformation to one side’. An unnamed ONEMI official expresses the exasperation many in Chile must feel at the fact that some Chaitén diehards insisted on defying the government and the emergency services and returning to their homes: ‘We have repeatedly said that there is a red alert and that people should not be there, and if that had been respected, then police would not be evacuating people’.
More on this, and more pictures, as things develop.
For all our Chaitén coverage: Chaitén « The Volcanism Blog.
Chaiten volcano erupts again in southern Chile – Associated Press, 19 February 2009
New eruption for Chile’s Chaiten – Patagonia Times, 19 February 2009
Chile’s Chaiten volcano spewing ash again – Reuters, 19 February 2009
Global Volcanism Program: Chaitén – summary information for Chaitén (1508-41)
SERNAGEOMIN – Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (Spanish)
Erupción del Volcán Chaitén – extensive coverage of the Chaitén eruption