Sunday, November 01, 2009

Chaiten Volcano, Chile - John Seach

The Mayor of Chaiten has said that some residents wish to return to the town which was destroyed by the eruptions in 2008-09. Residents are still displaced from the town 18 months after the eruption. There are many people still living in the surrounding area of Chaiten, and some assistance is being given to people still living in the town, such as supply of emergency water, provision of street lighting, and clearing of ash from the streets. Last week a tourism meeting was held in Futaleufu, Chile, near Chaiten town where the current state of Chaiten volcano was discussed. A scientist from National Service of Geology and Mining of Chile said that nothing can be predicted, only scenarios can be imagined. In the case of Chaitén, it is believed there is a high likelihood that the eruption is maintained for several more months. Tremors detected in the region of El Bolson are not associated with volcanic activity but are due to fracture of rock by Liquiñe-Ofqui tectonic fault. Along this fault are several active volcanoes such as Hudson, which erupted in 1991 with one of the most violent eruptions in the history of Chile. Chaiten volcano continues to erupt on RED alert, and Chaiten town remains an uninhabitable zone.
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