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The view from Chaitén, 15 October 2009 15 October 2009

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Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 18:24

As spring brings better weather in the southern hemisphere, good days for viewing Chaitén volcano through the DGAC camera in Chaitén town become more frequent. Today the weather has been clear and cloudless, and at the time of posting the most recent view (18:24 local time) is as shown above. The width of the plume reflects the wide base from which the emissions are rising.

Earlier today there was evidently a significant partial dome collapse event at around 11:00 which produced a greatly thickened and very dark brown, ash-laden plume (13 pictures in total):

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 10:41

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 10:46

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 10:51

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 10:56

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:01

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:06

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:12

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:17

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:22

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:27

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:32

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:37

Chaiten volcano, 15 October 2009, 11:42

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

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Comments

1. Ron de Haan - 15 October 2009

Thanks for the publication.

I am visiting the Chaitén web cam almost every day since the eruption started. This is a fascinating eruption to watch.
This kind of collapses happen almost every day.

Sometimes you can see people and vehicles moving in front of the camera including the maintenance man who comes by from time to time to clean the camera lens.

2. admin - 16 October 2009

I think that maintenance man, and the Chilean civil aviation directorate, deserve a vote of thanks for keeping their Chaitén camera going all this time.

3. Stefan, stromboli.org - 16 October 2009

I completely agree! It’s wonderful that the camera is kept running and especially is still available online!
Unfortunately, the one from Canal13 seems to be gone since a while.

4. admin - 16 October 2009

Yes, it’s a pity about the Canal 13 webcam. It produced some wonderful close-up views back in the spring (i.e. the Chilean autumn).


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