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The New Volcano is near the resort of Nevados de Chillan. The ski area is 500km south of the capital, Santiago. UPDATED





The resort is in the Chillan Volcano Complex that has been active for the past 650,000 years.

One of the volcanos in the complex, the New Volcano, is active and located only five kilometres from the resort.

It began smoking heavily on the 12th September.

The FIS Masters Cup 2018/19 was taking place at the time with the start of the super-G and giant slalom competitions only 5km from the volcano crater.

The plume of smoke could be seen for 100kms around.

It provided a dramatic backdrop to the skiing event.

More than 100 Masters racers from 16 different nations on four continents were taking part at the time.

The start list included various World Champions and the oldest racer was 90-year old Gaetano Demattei from the USA.

A record number of starters of over 10,000 are expected for the upcoming winter programme across the 65 races.

It is unlikely any event will have such a backdrop.

Watch the video below as authorities inspect the Villarrica volcano crater, another volcano nearby, in a fly over:


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Nevados de Chillán’s Nicanor Crater - Update 19th September 2019:

Volcanologists in the region are on constant alert, monitoring all volcanic activity in the region.

In recent days the Nevados de Chillan's Nicanor Crater has posed concern.

The following information was released on 19th September 2019  Onemi National Emergency Monitoring Service & Nevados de Chillan

"During 10-17 September white-to-gray gas plumes from Nevados de Chillán’s Nicanor Crater rose 400-800 m above the rim and drifted NE, E, and SE.  Explosions sometimes ejected incandescent material onto the E and SE flanks.  A lava flow on the NNE flank was 100 m wide, 5 m thick, and had advanced 600 m by 14 September. The Alert Level remained at Orange, the second highest level on a four-color scale. ONEMI maintained an Alert Level Yellow (the middle level on a three-color scale) for the communities of Pinto, Coihueco, and San Fabián, and stated that the public should stay at least 3 km away from the crater on the SW flank and 5 km away on the ENE flank."

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