Report on Llaima (Chile) — January 1990
Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 15, no. 1 (January 1990)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
Llaima (Chile) Continued fumarolic activity from northern and southern cones
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1990. Report on Llaima (Chile) (McClelland, L., ed.). Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 15:1. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199001-357110.
38.692°S, 71.729°W; summit elev. 3125 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Ground and aerial observations on 20 January showed water vapor and other gases emerging from the main northern summit crater, while fumaroles on the summit of the southern cone emitted only water vapor. Water vapor fumaroles were also present on the southern summit's upper SE flank, where an older crater had collapsed and was breached to the SE during the February 1957 eruption. Fumaroles on the southern summit have been increasing in number and intensity since 1984.
Geologic Background. Llaima, one of Chile's largest and most active volcanoes, contains two main historically active craters, one at the summit and the other, Pichillaima, to the SE. The massive, dominantly basaltic-to-andesitic, stratovolcano has a volume of 400 km3. A Holocene edifice built primarily of accumulated lava flows was constructed over an 8-km-wide caldera that formed about 13,200 years ago, following the eruption of the 24 km3 Curacautín Ignimbrite. More than 40 scoria cones dot the volcano's flanks. Following the end of an explosive stage about 7200 years ago, construction of the present edifice began, characterized by Strombolian, Hawaiian, and infrequent subplinian eruptions. Frequent moderate explosive eruptions with occasional lava flows have been recorded since the 17th century.
Information Contacts: H. Moreno, Univ de Chile; J. Naranjo, SERNAGEOMIN, Santiago.