Increased seismicity under Lonquimay volcano, alert level raised, Chile

Increased seismicity under Lonquimay volcano, alert level raised, Chile

Increased seismicity detected under Chile's Lonquimay volcano since March 9, 2022, prompted SERNAGEOMIN to raise the Alert Level for the volcano from Green to Yellow on March 21, 2022. The last eruptive episode of this volcano lasted from 1988 to 1990 (VEI 3)….

Incandescence observed at Callaqui volcano, Chile

Incandescence observed at Callaqui volcano, Chile

Incandescence was observed at the Callaqui volcano in Chile's Biobio region at 00:55 UTC on January 27, 2022. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1980 (VEI 1). According to the analysis of images obtained from a fixed camera installed at the Callaqui…

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Biobio, Chile

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Biobio, Chile

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CSN Chile as M6.6 hit the Biobio Region of Chile at 13:14 UTC on September 21, 2021, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 17.4 km (10.8 miles), EMSC M6.4 at a depth of 2 km (1.2…

Rare August snowfall blankets swathes of Chile’s Atacama desert

Rare August snowfall blankets swathes of Chile’s Atacama desert

A rare August snowfall blanketed swathes of Chile's Atacama desert on August 25, 2021, with parts of it reportedly receiving as much as 82 cm (32 inches). "This does not occur yearly. Maybe a relatively important snowfall like the one today can happen…

Two shallow M6.0 earthquakes hit near the coast of Atacama, Chile

Two shallow M6.0 earthquakes hit near the coast of Atacama, Chile

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Atacama, Chile at 01:01 UTC on July 4, 2021. The quake was followed by another M6.0 at 01:29 UTC and hundreds of aftershocks. Both quakes struck at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), according to…

Declining discharge of glacier outburst floods in Chilean Patagonia

Declining discharge of glacier outburst floods in Chilean Patagonia

Mountain 'tsunamis' or flooding due to the rupture of glacial lakes in Chilean Patagonia have been taking place cyclically since the last glacial maximum 10 000 years ago at a declining magnitude, according to a new study by researchers from the Centro…

Laguna del Maule Volcanic Complex, technical alert raised to Yellow, Chile

Laguna del Maule Volcanic Complex, technical alert raised to Yellow, Chile

SERNAGEOMIN has raised the technical alert for Laguna del Maule Volcanic Complex from Green to Yellow on February 22, 2021, after an increased number of earthquakes detected over the past two weeks. The Southern Andes Volcanological Observatory (OVDAS) detected 533…

Severe storms hit Chile with hail and record rainfall

Severe storms hit Chile with hail and record rainfall

Severe weather affecting south-central Chile since January 29, 2021, left more than 170 000 people without power and dozens of homes damaged or destroyed. Severe weather, including strong winds, hail, and heavy rains impacted parts of southern-central Chile over the…

Wildfires force evacations in Quilpue, Valparaiso, Chile

Wildfires force evacations in Quilpue, Valparaiso, Chile

At least two wildfires are burning in Quilpue (population 172 000), Valparaiso, Chile, prompting the country's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) to order the evacuation of some parts of the city. At least 6 homes have been already been consumed by flames, ONEMI…