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Report on False Reports (Unknown) — June 1990

False Reports

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 15, no. 6 (June 1990)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

False Reports (Unknown) Chile: Press reports of boiling water were apparently fabricated

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1990. Report on False Reports (Unknown) (McClelland, L., ed.). Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 15:6. Smithsonian Institution.

False Reports


Lat Unknown, Unknown; summit elev. m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

The press reported that a submarine volcano was suspected to be the cause of an area of boiling water, roughly 500 m in radius, reported by a fishing boat 70 km W of Papudo (60 km NNW of Valparaíso, 32.3°S, 72.30°W). Upon investigation, it was determined that the initial report had never been verified and was apparently a fabricated message. Scientists onboard the Chilean naval vessal Carlos Arevalo found no evidence of a volcano in the area, a seismically active zone on the continental slope far from any known volcanism.

Geological Summary. False or otherwise incorrect reports of volcanic activity.

Information Contacts: M. Gardeweg, SERNAGEOMIN, Santiago, Chile.