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Birth of Undersea Volcano in Chile


31 Jan 07 - A wave of small earthquakes in southern Chile may signal the birth of an undersea volcano, officials said Tuesday.

More than 1,700 tremors have been recorded recently in the rugged, sparsely populated area dotted with volcanoes and cut with fjords.

Most of the quakes have been too small to be felt, but some registered up to magnitude 4, according to the government's Emergency Bureau.

Scientists believe the quakes have been caused by magma pressing up toward the surface and fracturing the rock some 6 miles below the surface. The movement will probably result in "a small submarine volcano," said Volcano expert Juan Cayupi, part of a team investigating the quakes, but if a volcanic eruption occurs, it should be relatively small.

"We can safely say that there is no danger for the population" of some 35,000 people who live in Puerto Aysen and Puerto Chacabuco, the two towns closest to the Aysen Fjord.

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