Thursday, January 3, 2008

Llaima Update

According to Tom Buschor, proprietor of the Suizandina guest house at Malalcahuello, only about 35 km northeast of Llaima, the volcano has calmed down considerably. Tom has posted some photos of the eruption, as seen from his property, at the Suizandina website (www.suizandina.com).

There remains, though, some concern that snowmelt associated with the eruption could cause flooding. The Río Captrén, a tributary of the much larger Cautín north of the park, seems most at risk. Border crossings to Argentina, at Icalma and Pino Hachado, have seen little ashfall and remain open.

According to Buenos Aires's Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Llaima's ash plume at one point reached an altitude of about 12.5 km (about 41,000 feet) above sea level.

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