Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chile's Lascar Volcano Alert Level Raised

The Smithsonian GVP and Chilean media report that Lascar volcano has been raised a level on their alert scale due to increasing seismicity and volcanic tremor. There is a great article on Wired.com that details the latest unrest and provides plenty of great links to other info and a webcam for you volcano-voyeurs.

Lascar Volcano is one of Chile's most active volcanoes. Situated amongst many other young and old stratovolcanoes in the Andes range, many of them also considered to be active, it has produced some very large eruptions in our recent history, the largest of which occurred in 1993 when pyroclastic flows traveled more than 8KM from the summit, and ash fell as far away as Buenos Aires. Current activity would likely consist of explosive eruptions, although probably not as large as the 1993 event.

The volcano is located about 70KM southwest of the town of San Pedro de Atacama. The volcano, due to its remoteness, is not considered a threat to anyone, or anything (except perhaps aircraft due to ash), and is not close (within 20 miles or so) to any population centers.

You can read the article on Wired.com for yourself, and enjoy going down the rabbit holes (links). Its always fun to get to really know a volcano!

1 comment:

  1. Lascar may be one non active volcaino, but are the others really unactive or is the town covering it up to make it seem safe. learn more on www.chanle38news.com

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