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More pictures from Chaitén 13 May 2009

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The novelist Karen Dionne has recently been in Chaitén, where she has been researching her new novel Boiling Point (she has a blog here about her time in Chaitén, including many images and videos). Karen was kind enough to send The Volcanism Blog the following pictures, giving a vivid impression of what it’s like to get close to the volcano. Karen’s guide on this trip was Nicolas La Penna, who has himself provided us with some wonderful Chaitén images in the past. These pictures were taken on 26 April 2009.

Chaiten 26 April 2009 (photograph by Karen Dionne)

Chaiten 26 April 2009 (photograph by Karen Dionne)

Chaiten 26 April 2009 (photograph by Karen Dionne)

Chaiten 26 April 2009 (photograph by Karen Dionne)

You can read more about Karen Dionne’s time in Chaitén, and see some affecting images of the abandoned town, in an article she has written for The Huffington Post: ‘Chaitén volcano – one year later’.

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

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


1. Ross - 13 May 2009

Those are great pictures. The one I found most intreging is the second one down with the very large spine that must be out of view of all the webcams. Reminiscent of Mt. Pelee.

2. Bruce Stout - 14 May 2009

Yikes!! Awesome pics..real mouth of the dragon stuff.

3. Fresh Bilge - 15 May 2009

[…] white with old minerals. Soon there will be nothing but a great white delta where the town stood. Some fifty people are said to be still living there illegally. The ferry brings them provisions, and one store is reportedly open. In the coming months, as the […]

4. Vicki Lansen - 19 May 2009

Might be interesting to note that Chaiten is still a major, active port for moving people and provisions from the north, to the south, specifically Santa Lucia, and Futaleufu.

5. John D - 20 May 2009

That is interesting, for those of us who had the impression Chaiten is completely dead. I was wondering how the port can still be active at Chaiten? To judge from the pictures on this blog and elsewhere, the harbor area is completely choked with volcanic deposits.

6. Karen Dionne - 20 May 2009

The ferries dock at the small knob of land shown at the top of this NASA photo – http://tinyurl.com/pecws9 – as you can see, the ash flow didn’t quite reach it and so the dock was spared. On my return trip from Chaiten, the ferry was loaded with approximately 18 truckloads of cattle going to market, and at least 100 passengers.

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