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Chaitén – Chile

 

  • Location: Chile
  • Peak: 1122 m a.s.l.

 
Chaitén volcano for a long time was considered as expired. Over the last millenniums, no activity has been noticed. Caldera with a diameter of 3 km located in the southern part of Chile. It woke up suddenly in 2008, exactly after 9400 years. When the day before the explosion there was a series of smaller earthquakes. The cloud of ash and volcanic ash was 18 km high. After the outbreak, nearly all its inhabitants left the city. The soil was covered with a 15-cm layer of ash, which contaminated even water, which was a threat not only for people, but also for about 25,000 cattle.

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