Chaitén, Chile: Life After the Eruption
Slideshow • Nicholas Gill • 05.29.09 | 10:39 AM ET
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When the Chaitén volcano began erupting in May 2008
, it wasn't lava flow that caused damage to the town of Chaitén in Chilean Patagonia, but rather falling ash. It melted glaciers and caused a muddy deluge that changed the course of the Chaitén River and flooded the town, moving houses off their foundations. The top of this structure, maybe a house or a gazebo, floated outside of the traditional boundaries of the city to where the beach once stood.