“Dormant” Volcano Erupts in Chile

5 05 2008

The Chaiten volcano in the Patagonian area of southern Chile caused earthquakes and sent up fire, plumes of smoke and ash which tainted the local water supply on May 2. Most of the 4,500 people living in the Chaiten area, some of whom live on small islands, had to evacuate. As of today the ash continues to pour of the volcano and has covered the town.

The 3,550-foot high snow-covered volcano is not known to have erupted in recorded history.

A short aerial view captured on video:

News broadcast from Chile, in Spanish:

GeoBlogBytes has a nice list of news links on the topic.

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