March 6, 2021

Confirm increased explosive activity in Chile's Chillán Volcano

The Chilean authorities confirmed on Tuesday the increase in the explosive activity of the Chillán Volcano, in the south of the country, although they kept the orange alert in force since the beginning of last year.

According to the National Geology and Mining Service (Sernageomin), in the last three days 774 explosions have been recorded, of which 23 have been considered reduced displacement, generating columns of gas and ash 1.6 kilometers high.

The agency said that the images taken through the satellite show an increase in thermal alerts, so "the evolution of this process towards more energetic states that involve a higher level of explosiveness is not ruled out," the report concluded.

The regional director of the National Emergency Office (Onemi), Gilda Grandón, said that "this does not mean for now a change in the recommendations that are being delivered for the Yellow Alert level in the Civil Protection Network."

That is, not approaching the active crater in a radius of three kilometers away and the enlistment of emergency plans in areas of potential danger, although some tourists also risk and dangerously approach the cone of the volcano.

Of 3,212 meters of altitude and one of the most active volcanoes of this South American country, the Nevados de Chillán is located in an area of ​​high influx of tourists attracted by winter sports centers.

Chile is the country that has the second largest and most active volcanic chain in the world after Indonesia, in the so-called Belt of Fire.

This chain of volcanoes along the western coast of South America is where the most active volcanoes in the world are.

In Chile, a country of 18 million inhabitants, there are more than 2,000 volcanoes, of which about 125 are considered geologically active and about 60 have had some type of historical eruptive activity in the last 450 years.

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