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How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

“Thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami,” reads Kathryn Schulz’s now-infamous New Yorker article. “Everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Turns out a very similar event occurred in Chile 55 years ago. What wisdom can its survivors share with residents of the Northwest? » 7/30/15 5:30pm 7/30/15 5:30pm

Amazing Video Happens To Capture Cabulco Volcano As It Starts Erupting

Picture it: you’re out hiking, shooting some video of beautiful Chilean waterfalls, when the mountain in the background suddenly starts erupting (for the first time in four decades). Frankly, this guy’s reaction is way more subdued and devoid of terrified shrieking than ours would have been. » 4/26/15 9:30am 4/26/15 9:30am

An Absolutely Massive Volcano Is Exploding In Chile Right Now

Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting yesterday at 7pm local time. First spewing massive ash clouds then, at 10pm, erupting explosively as its fragile structure collapsed inwards. Here’s all the stunning imagery and video; we’ll keep it updated as this develops. You can see it from space! » 4/23/15 11:41am 4/23/15 11:41am

How did Pablo Neruda really die? Forensic science weighs in.

Almost 40 years ago, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda died. Whether the Nobel prizewinner’s death was from prostate cancer (the official diagnosis) or poisoning has been a longstanding mystery. But earlier this week, Neruda's body was removed from its tomb, launching a forensic investigation that could establish once and for… » 4/11/13 6:40am 4/11/13 6:40am

The Extremest Extremophiles: Microbial oasis underneath Earth's driest desert could be great news for life on Mars

For the last twenty million years, Chile's Atacama Desert has been the driest, most inhospitable place on Earth. But deep below the surface of this unimaginably arid world, microbes are flourishing without even oxygen or sunlight. Meet the extremest extremophiles. » 2/19/12 1:30pm 2/19/12 1:30pm

The Milky Way, as seen from a Chilean petroglyph valley

Photographer Stéphane Guisard — whose photography of Chile's Atacama desert we've featured previously (1, 2) has captured some gee-whiz time-lapse shots of the Milky Way framed by the Hierbas Buenas petroglyph site. This site features carvings that predate the Incas — it's a thrilling juxtaposition of the ancient… » 12/11/11 7:40am 12/11/11 7:40am

What are the fossilized remains of more than 80 whales doing in the driest desert on Earth?

Situated more than half a mile from the ocean, atop a hill in Chile's notoriously arid Atacama desert, an international team of scientists has made an incredible discovery. Over 80 extraordinarily well-preserved whale and marine mammal fossils, many of them positioned just meters apart from one another, have been… » 11/22/11 8:15am 11/22/11 8:15am