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Chilean Volcano Spews a Spectacular Lava Fountain

Villarrica in Chile produced a spectacular eruption that sent a lava fountain hundreds of meters over the volcano’s summit crater (see above). The eruption spread ash over the neighboring region and an accompanying lava flow melted snow on the slopes of the volcano creating some small volcanic mudflows and debris flows. Currently, over 3,300 people have been evacuated from the small towns around Villarrica, including the vacation town of Pucón. The eruption started at ~3 a.m. (local time) and TV footage showed the deluge of lava bombs that rained down on the slopes during the peak of the eruption. The timelapse video (see above) taken by POVI shows the progression of the eruption from small explosions to the full on lava fountaining. More via WIRED.

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