New Eruption on Chaiten Volcano, Chile

Volcan Chaiten, in Southern Chile, has started to show increased activity again, according to Detour travel partner TravelArt Chile.

The activity started on Thursday, February 19th. The volcano, which lies south of Pumalin Park at the northern part of the Carretera Austral, and near the Futaleufu River, erupted in May 2008 causing a great deal of damage in the area, including in Chaiten.

According the Chilean Emergency Management Office, there is a high possibility for the crate to collapse, which woulc cause new pyroclastic bursts and dangerous ash precipitations. A complete evacuation of Chaiten has been arranged, and it is forbidden to enter the town.

Read more about the eruption here:

Chile’s Chaiten volcano spews molten rock, ash