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Llaima Volcano in Chile’s Conguillío National Park

38.6S 71.7W

December 4th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Chile and Argentina - December 1st, 2010

The peak in the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified image of the Andes Mountains along the Chile-Argentina border is the Llaima Volcano. One of the largest and most active volcanoes in Chile, it is situated 82 km northeast of Temuco and 663 km southeast of Santiago, within the borders of Conguillío National Park.

The top of Llaima consists of two summits; the lower of the two, Pichillaima, is about 2,920 m (9,580 ft) high and is significantly less prominent than the higher northern summit. The average elevation of the terrain around Llaima is about 740 m above sea level.

Llaima is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes and has frequent but moderate eruptions. The last major eruption occurred in 1994, although two eruptions in 2008 released significant amounts of ash and forced evacuations, and pyroclastic flows, ash and lava were seen on the slopes during another small eruption in 2009.

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