Updated: Dec 28, 2020
“Why study plate tectonics, when you can simply live in Chile!”
—My own quote … should be famous 🙂
Once again a Chilean volcano has let free the mantle’s fury. This round of ash and lava is letting loose near the resort town of Puerto Varas on the edge of Chilean Patagonia. The current aggressor is the Calbuco volcano – fortunately located on the far side of llanquihue Lake, away from the main population centres.
The last big eruption is this area caused flight delays as far away as Australia – so the world is watching.
A sign in Costa Rica, but certainly relevant!
I love southern Chile. I love Chile. In fact the iconic volcano – Osorno – we have on our home page is a close neighbour to Calico, across the lake from Puerto Varas!
Chile is a ridiculously long, thin country, stuck perilously to the mighty Andes and hanging on for dear life along the Pacific’s mighty Ring of Fire. From the ultra-dry Atacama desert – replete with copper mines – in the north (despite current floods), through the central (almost Mediterranean) wine regions around the capital, down to the volcanically active mid-south and onto rain-socked or wind-swept Patagonia, Chile is alive.
Half of Chile’s 17 million people live in and around the Capital, Santiago and even that major city has had to resist the mantle’s movements. Valparaiso – the old port of Santiago and last home of poet, Pablo Neruda has survived many fires. In 2010 Santiago was shaken by a category 8 earthquake. It resisted well, all the while collecting money for the tragic quake in Haiti.
1200 kms south I lived and worked on the Island of Chiloe just south of Puerto Varas. For nearly 18 months while living and working I learned about the formation of Patagonia. I loved Chiloe so much I was proud to take little Finn there from Peru, for the Christmas holidays in 2013.