Eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in Southern Chile – Images and Video

Screen capture of Calbuco Volcano eruption timelapse by Rodrigo Barrera
Screen capture of Calbuco Volcano eruption timelapse by Rodrigo Barrera

For the second time in seven weeks, another volcano in southern Chile blew its top. This time it was the Calbuco volcano near Puerto Varas which woke from a 42-year nap on Wednesday.

The eruption, which was considered “sudden”, took place at around 18:00 local time (21:00 GMT), spewing ash over this sparsely populated area located between the northern Patagonian cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt.

According to The Guardian, no injuries, missing persons or deaths have been reported. An evacuation radius has been established and some 4,000 people were evacuated from the area.

Below is a collection of several images shared via Twitter and a nifty 23-second timelapse.

Calbuco, which stabs the sky at 2,003m (6,571ft), is considered one of the three most dangerous of the country’s active volcanos, according to the Guardian.

If you spend any amount of time in Latin America, it’s nearly impossible to not take a particular interest in volcanoes. Sitting here in my apartment in the heart of Quito, I’m surrounded by them in each direction. Just the other day I took an aerial tram up the side of one. And I can’t wait to return.

I saw Calbuco from a distance when I traveled from Puerto Montt to Bariloche, Argentina, just over two years ago via the lake crossing, a bus and boat combination through beautiful mountain landscapes that form the border between the two countries. That came just 48 hours after spending a few days in Chaiten, a town devastated by a nearby volcano that bears its name when it woke from a 9,370-year slumber in May 2008. A few 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 the first.

Chile is home to about 2,000 volcanoes —only about 100 are considered active— situated along the Andes, the second largest chain of volcanoes in the world after Indonesia.

Early last month Vilarrica, a volcano which sits close to the popular tourist hub of Pucon, north of Puerto Varas, erupted, forcing the evacuation of about 3,500 people.

Erik Klemetti has a great account of Wednesday’s Calbuco eruption on his blog on Wired.

And here’s the timelapse and below that some images, including a shot of Calbuco’s eruption in January 1929. There really is a sublime beauty to the extraordinary power that makes parts of the world rumble, shake and explode.

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And here’s a really old tweet 🙂 :

And more of the aftermath:

Ash falling on Bariloche, Argentina, about 140 kilometers from Puerto Montt:


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