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Villarrica Volcano in Chile

Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Type of Event:
Volcano
Location of Event:
Villarica, Chile
Date of Charter Activation:
3 March 2015
Time of Charter Activation:
10:27:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
ONEMI
Project Management:
ONEMI

Description of the event

A Red Alert has been declared in southern Chile after an eruption at Villarrica Volcano.

Thousands of residents in the area have been evacuated for their safety.

Villarrica is one of Chile's most active volcanoes, and had been showing signs of activity since the start of February, leading to close observation of the volcano in the event that a eruption occurred. It finally erupted on 3 March 2015, sending ash and lava up into the sky in a display which was reportedly seen as far as 100 km away.

Over two thousand people were evacuated from Pucon, and another thousand from Panguipulli, two communes close to the volcano.

While no one has been harmed in the eruption, the situation will continue to be monitored for any further eruption. The ash from the volcano could also pose a hazard to health. Meteorologists currently expect the ash cloud to be blown south and across remote parts of Argentina.

Villarrica Volcano comparison pre- and post-eruption

Source: Landsat-8
Acquired: Pre-eruption: 22/02/2015
Post-eruption: 10/03/2015

Copyright: Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2015) - All rights reserved

Map produced by CIREN (Centro de Información de Recursos Naturales)

Overview map - Villarrica Volcano eruption

Scale 1:75,000

Source: RapidEye
Acquired: 07/01/2015 and 04/03/2015

Copyright: BlackBridge AG
©DLR 2015
Map produced by ZKI (Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information)

Change analysis of Villarrica volcano eruption in Chile

Source: Sentinel-1 / RapidEye
Acquired: 20/02/2015 and 04/03/2015

Copyright: Sentinel-1A © Copernicus 2015
RapidEye © BlackBridge AG, all rights reserved
Map produced by the German Remote Sensing Data Center of DLR