Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chaitén Volcano, Chile - John Seach

Seismicity has remained high at Chaiten volcano, Chile, during the period 16-22 July. The eruption continues unchanged with a column of ash and steam rising 1.5 km above the summit. Block and ash flows still persist, indicating the dome complex has continued to grow, particularly towards the western sector of the caldera. Some strong emissions of gas correlated with seismic activity. Dome collapse remains a danger and may affect adjacent valleys. Significant pyroclastic material has accumulated in the adjacent valleys, and pose a lahar risk after heavy rain. Alert level RED remains at Chaiten volcano due to continued dome growth, pyroclastic flow risk, and potential for lahars.
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