posted on Jun, 6 2011 @ 09:16 PM
I don't think this particular eruption is that serious - (like Phage stated), it should release excess pressure and potentially prevent a more serious
eruption. The next few months will tell.
Unlike what the MSM is saying, it's not the Puyehue Volcano that has erupted. It's actually a fissure eruption in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle region
(like burntheships stated) that is circled by various active volcanoes - the closest one being Puyehue.
I think the reason for the conflicting reports is because reporters are making estimated guesses without properly verified data. Probably the true
extent or size of the fissure or rift will not be conclusive until the eruption has subsided to a point where more accurate data can be taken in safer
conditions. Not knowing the procedure for taking the necessary readings, I presume that the eruption is preventing availability to accurate data and
readings - even with any current measuring instruments in place.
Although it's been 50 years since the last eruption of this volcano, most Chileans are not very surprised or concerned about it. There has been
several eruptions from other active volcanoes in the southern region in the last few years. One destroyed the town Chaitén with ash. Most have been
far enough away from heavily populated areas.
Around the sparsely populated areas where this eruption occurred, there are many natural hot springs (hot spring pools and spas are common). So people
there understand that there is volcanic activity below them. Luckily there has been no known deaths from this.
I think it may take some time to determine the extent, size and ramifications of this rift and/or fissure. I'm glad the OP brought it to my attention
so I can follow up on it. Thanks OP.
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