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Town of Chaitén after the Eruption

In May 2008 the eruption of the nearby ChaitÚn Volcano caused the evacuation of all inhabitants of the town of ChaitÚn (Chile), making a ghost village of the town. The town was completely flooded on May 12, 2008 after a lahar caused the banks of the Blanco River to overflow about 200 m on each side. Over the subsequent weeks, the river excavated a new course through ChaitÚn, completely destroying a significant part of it by July 2008. In February 2009 the government announced it was going to rebuild ChaitÚn 10 km north of its current location.
References: Text: Wikipedia. Photo: Javier Rubilar

Last Update: 2010-11-15