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Feb 28 / Dave Schumaker

Activity and photos from the Chaitén Volcano

January 19, 2009 – Continued activity at Chaiten Volcano. Source: NASA Earth Observatory

The above photo is courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory, showing continued activity at the Chaitén Volcano back in January.

On January 19, 2009, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of Chaitén Volcano. Two versions of the image appear here: a close-up view of the caldera (top) and a view of the surrounding area (bottom). These false-color images include visible and infrared light. Vegetation is red, bare (possibly ash-covered) ground is brown, and water is deep blue. The plume from the volcano appears off-white, and it is thick enough to completely hide the land surface below.

The fantastic Volcanism Blog has had continuous coverage and information about the eruption. A recent post from the website details the Chilean government’s plan to relocate the town of Chaiten.

The Chilean Government has announced that the volcano-devastated town of Chaitén is to be relocated to Santa Bárbara, on the coast about 10 kilometres north-west of the town’s current location. Interior Minister Edmundo Pérez Yoma made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that relocation work will begin with the provision of essential services and the construction of the new town, and that the ‘refoundation’ of Chaitén on the new site will take at least one year.

Flickr user recently took some incredible photos from in and around the town of Chaitén.

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