PowderQuest wants to thank everyone that reached out to us via email and social media for their concerns after last night’s eruption of Volcano Villarrica (9,380 feet above sea level) near Pucon, Chile. Thankfully everyone is fine and Chile’s most active volcano has calmed after last night’s scare. We hope things will remain stable.
Despite the large stack of smoke and lava that spewed from the crater, the volcanic eruption that started around 3:00 AM was considered minor (A 2 on a scale of 0-8) according to Sernageomin, Chile’s government agency responsible for producing and providing mining and geological information.
The town of Pucon, Chile was my home from 1998 to 2014 and remains PowderQuest’s Chilean base. I have dear friends there. I met my wife and both of my children and 2 dogs were born in the town of Pucon. I have deep, deep roots planted in southern Chile and amazing memories of numerous days snowboarding off the active volcano’s crater with amigos and PowderQuest guests. I look forward to many more! Once again thank you for checking in and happy to report everyone is OK!
Here are some spectacular images and video from before, during, and after the eruption. Did you know Chile is home to over 2,000 volcanoes?