Interdisciplinary studies of eruption at Chaitén volcano, Chile

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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High-silica rhyolite magma fuels Earth's largest and most explosive eruptions. Recurrence intervals for such highly explosive eruptions are in the 100- to 100,000-year time range, and there have been few direct observations of such eruptions and their immediate impacts. Consequently, there was keen interest within the volcanology community when the first large eruption of high-silica rhyolite since that of Alaska's Novarupta volcano in 1912 began on 1 May 2008 at Chaitén volcano, southern Chile, a 3-kilometer-diameter caldera volcano with a prehistoric record of rhyolite eruptions [Naranjo and Stern, 2004semi; Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (SERNAGEOMIN), 2008semi; Carn et al., 2009; Castro and Dingwell, 2009; Lara, 2009; Muñoz et al., 2009]. Vigorous explosions occurred through 8 May 2008, after which explosive activity waned and a new lava dome was extruded.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Interdisciplinary studies of eruption at Chaitén volcano, Chile
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/2010EO420001
Volume 91
Issue 42
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
First page 381
Country Chile
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