Volcanic Ash and Steam Released from Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Once Again – December 29th, 201140.6S 72.5W
Volcanic ash and steam pour through a fissure of Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano that opened several months earlier. The active fissure lies northwest of the Puyehue caldera, and a plume blows from the fissure westwards to the coast, then northwestwards over the Pacific Ocean.
Chile’s Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería has characterized the recent activity as a minor eruption of low intensity. Puyehue-Cordón Caulle is a stratovolcano, a steep-sloped, conical volcano composed of layers of ash, lava, and rocks released by previous eruptions. The volcano is 2,236 meters (7,336 feet) high.