Chaiten Volcano eruption, five years on. 03-Mar-2013

Chaiten Volcano, Revisited III

Today’s Pic du Jour of a house buried more than a meter deep in ash and mud was taken one year ago yesterday in Chaiten, Chile, the town that made headlines around the world back in May 2008 when a nearby volcano that bears the town’s name woke from a 9,370-year slumber. Over its month-long eruption, it blew a column of ash and hot gases nearly 31 kilometers into the sky and spewed ash as far as Buenos Aires. Half the town was destroyed and nearly five years later, much of the damage was still clearly visible. As if time stood still.

Previous posts about Chaiten which feature a few dozen photos, a video notebook and plenty of notes are here, here and here. If you were to ask me to pick just one, it would be this one.

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