Calbuco (volcano)

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Calbuco 11 Feb 2010 zoomed in.jpg
Calbuco viewed from the north alongside Road 225 on the shores of Llanquihue Lake. (11-Feb-2010)
Elevation 2,015 m (6,611 ft)[1]
Prominence 1,946 m (6,385 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
Calbuco is located in Chile
Location Los Lagos, Chile
Range Andes
Coordinates 41°19′48″S 72°37′06″W / 41.33000°S 72.61833°W / -41.33000; -72.61833Coordinates: 41°19′48″S 72°37′06″W / 41.33000°S 72.61833°W / -41.33000; -72.61833[1]
Type Stratovolcano
Age of rock Pleistocene
Volcanic arc/belt South Volcanic Zone
Last eruption August 1972

Calbuco is a stratovolcano in southern Chile, located southeast of Llanquihue Lake and northwest of Chapo Lake, in the Los Lagos Region. The volcano and the surrounding area are protected within Llanquihue National Reserve. It is a very explosive andesite volcano that underwent edifice collapse in the late Pleistocene, producing a volcanic debris avalanche that reached the lake.

Volcanic activity[edit]

Calbuco has had at least 9 eruptions since 1837, with the latest one in 1972. One of the largest historical eruptions in southern Chile took place there in 1893–1894. Violent eruptions ejected 30-cm bombs to distances of 8 km from the crater, accompanied by voluminous hot lahars. Strong explosions occurred in April 1917, and a lava dome formed in the crater accompanied by hot lahars. Another short explosive eruption in January 1929 also included an apparent pyroclastic flow and a lava flow. The last major eruption of Calbuco, in 1961, sent ash columns 12–15 km high and produced plumes that dispersed mainly to the SE and two lava flows were also emitted. There was a minor, 4-hour eruption on August 26, 1972. Strong fumarolic emission from the main crater was observed on August 12, 1996.


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  1. ^ a b c "Argentina and Chile: Central Ultra-Prominences". Retrieved 2013-07-07.


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