Chaiten Eruption Update


Update 5/3/08: SERNAGEOMIN (the Chilean Geologic Survey) is now concerned that the eruption of Chaiten may be a the precursor of a larger eruption, mostly owing to the long (~9,000 year?) repose time. This could be the beginnings of a southern Andean Pinatubo.

The towns around Chaiten are more or less deserted now as the volcano continues to spew ash and pumice – upwards of 15 cm of ash in some places.

Edit: fixed link (thanks Mark)

Edit 2: fixed date of last eruption from ~7,000 years ago to ~9,000 years ago.


  1. #1 mark williams
    May 4, 2008

    just to let you know your link to ”may be a precursor of a larger eruption” is broken. this is the correct fixed link.


  2. #2 Charlie Bruestle
    December 8, 2010

    Fantastic points. Going to require some time to think about your story!

  3. #3 Lauren Tomasini
    December 16, 2010

    Exactly what I was looking for. I’m using this in my next blog post, you’ll get a backlink of course.

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