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Chaitén in action, 27-28 February 2009 28 February 2009

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Chaiten, 27 February 2009 - left, 16-50; right, 21-34 (local times).
Images from the Tele13 Chaitén webcam, 27 February 2009. The left image was taken at 16:50 local time, the right image at 21:34 local time.

The Tele13 webcam (direct link here, link that opens in your default media player here) has been providing some of the most remarkable images of the Chaitén eruption that we have yet seen. The camera is located just south of  Chaitén town and looks north. The images below were captured yesterday evening and overnight, and show partial collapses, debris flows and, in the images from after dark, the dome glowing and flickering with incandescence. There is a total of 19 images in this post: click on ‘more’ below to view the entire series.

The first sequence runs from 17:16 to 17:24 (all times are local) and shows a small collapse, ashen plumes and debris flows. Note the small debris flow descending the south flank of the dome in the image timed at 17:19.

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 17-16
17:16

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 17-17
17:17

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 17-19
17:19

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 17-23
17:23

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 17-24
17:24

The second sequence runs from 18:54 to 18:57 and shows a more substantial collapse.

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 18-54
18:54

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 18-55
18:55

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 18-56
18:56

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 18-57
18:57

The final two collections are of night-time shots. This sequence shows the glowing dome and pinnacle between 21:32 and 21:44 on the evening of 27 February 2009.

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 21-32
21:32

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 21-35
21:35

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 21-38
21:38

Chaiten 27 February 2009, 21-44
21:44

The final sequence shows a lava flow descending the south flank of the dome complex at 05:49 on the morning of 27 February 2009.

Chaiten, 28 February 2008, 05-49 (1)
05:49 (1)

Chaiten, 28 February 2008, 05-49 (2)
05:49 (2)

Chaiten, 28 February 2008, 05-49 (3)
05:49 (3)

Chaiten, 28 February 2008, 05-49 (4)
05:49 (4)

Chaiten, 28 February 2008, 05-49 (5)
05:49 (5)

For all our Chaitén coverage: Chaitén « The Volcanism Blog.

Information
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

The Volcanism Blog

Comments

1. Olivia - 28 February 2009

Increadible pictures!
Have the ashes crossed to Argentina?

2. Bruce S. - 1 March 2009

Funny too, how one’s own subjective perception changes due to the changing shape. This no longer looks like a dome but like a traditional stratovolcano.. as though we were watching a mountain grow before our eyes. Amazing how fast geology can actually be!!


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