Under the volcano, Chaitén diehards continue their fight 24 February 2009Posted by admin in activity reports, Chaitén, Chile, eruptions, natural hazards.
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There was a new partial collapse of the dome at Chaitén volcano yesterday evening. At around 20:40 local time reddish material was seen rising from the volcano and forming an ash-laden plume which dispersed to the north. If you have the patience of a saint you can try to watch a video report of the event at Chilean television channel TVN’s dreadful ’24 horas’ news website. News reports say that it is not yet clear in which direction the collapse took place, but the evidence of the TVN video (as far as it can be pieced together) is that, as on 19 February, it was in a southward direction, with debris flows descending the Chaitén river valley towards the town. EDIT: turns out this video was of the 19 February collapse after all, not yesterday’s event (thanks to Boris Behncke for clearing that up).
The collapse caused alarm among the 30 or so inhabitants of Chaitén who remain on site in defiance of the Chilean Government’s decision to abandon the town. These people, some news reports say, are now being evacuated. Meanwhile, a group of some 200 former inhabitants of Chaitén are taking the Government to court in an attempt to ensure that they can remain in the town. Their legal team is arguing that no disaster zone was ever declared at Chaitén, making the Government’s decision to evacuate and abandon the town unconstitutional and illegal. The Deputy Minister of the Interior, Patricio Rosende, has responded by calling these claims ‘unfounded and inappropriate’.
At the Eruptions blog, Erik Klemetti has written a well-balanced piece on the Chaitén situation, with more general reference to the difficulties of persuading people to abandon their homes and the lives they have known in the face of volcanic hazards, actual or predicted: ‘Volcanism and society: What to do about Chaiten’.
For all our Chaitén coverage: Chaitén « The Volcanism Blog.
Volcán Chaitén sufre nuevo desprendimiento del domo – El Mercurio, 23 November 2009
Nuevo desprendimiento del domo alarmó a quienes están en el poblado – El Mercurio, 24 November 2009
Volcán Chaitén lo hizo de nuevo – Ahora sufrió un desprendimiento del domo – El Morrocotudo, 24 November 2009
Nuevo desprendimiento en el domo del volcán Chaitén – 123 Chile, 24 February 2009
Volvió a temblar el Chaitén – Rio Negro Online, 24 February 2009
Volcán volvió a provocar desplazamiento en Chaitén – La Nación, 24 February 2009
‘Rebel’ residents ignore volcano danger, stay put – Patagonia Times, 24 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