Minimize Eruption of Villarrica Volcano

In the predawn hours of 3 March 2015, one of Chile's most active volcanoes exploded to life. Thousands of people evacuated from within a 10-kilometre (6-mile) radius of Villarrica.

The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the EO-1 satellite captured this image on 5 March. A large volume of volcanic material ejected during the eruption is apparent on the mountain's eastern side.

Activity at Villarrica had been increasing through much of February, made evident by a rise in seismicity, crater incandescenece, and explosions, according to reports from Chile's National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN). A faint layer of ash is apparent on the volcano's flanks.

View the full resolution image, and a pre-eruption view from Landsat-8.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Villarrica Volcano


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