Activity and photos from the ChaitÃ©n 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 ChaitÃ©n Volcano back in January.
On January 19, 2009, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASAâ€™s Terra satellite captured an image of ChaitÃ©n 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 Chilean Government has announced that the volcano-devastated town of ChaitÃ©n is to be relocated to Santa BÃ¡rbara, on the coast about 10 kilometres north-west of the townâ€™s current location. Interior Minister Edmundo PÃ©rez 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 â€˜refoundationâ€™ of ChaitÃ©n on the new site will take at least one year.
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