Diminished eruptive activity at Llaima volcano

The National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) has stated that the emission of lava from the western duct of the mountain has also ceased.

SANTIAGO.-  Despite a continuing state of “red alert” that has been declared  by authorities of the IX Region de la Araucanía for the areas of Danubio, La Selva, Santa Ana, Las Mercedes (located along the banks of the Calbuco River, some 12 kilometers from the crater of the mountain), Los Paraguas and the Las Araucanías ski center, the Llaima volcano seems to be displaying a reduction in eruptive activity levels.

The column of gas being emitted from the main crater of the peak, which reached beyond 2 kilometers into the sky on Saturday, has also diminished in line with the observed reductions in surface lava-flows on the mountain.

According to Radio Cooperativa, Vulcanologist Hugo Moreno has assured that “for the Llaima volcano to return to its normal level of activity, its crater needs to be open and unblocked, with a stable smoke column, and seismic movements need to return to their normal base levels”, which has still not occurred.

The National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin) also stated that lava emission from the eastern duct of the mountain has ceased.

El Mercurio Online
Monday, July 21, 2008
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