The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 for the first time in over 42 years sending a plume of ash into the sky. The eruption triggered a Red Alert in the Los Lagos Region of Chile. Thousands of people within a 20 km radius of the volcano have been evacuated. The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has been activated, where the DLR/ZKI contributes with the delivery of TerraSAR-X and RapidEye data and supports the generation of rapid mapping products.
Villarrica is one of Chile's most active volcanoes, and had been showing signs of activity since the start of February, leading to close observation of the volcano in the event that a eruption occurred. It finally erupted on 3 March 2015, sending ash and lava up into the sky in a display which was reportedly seen as far as 100 km away. The International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has been activated, where the DLR/ZKI contributes with the delivery of TerraSAR-X and RapidEye data.
Heavy and long-lasting rainfall caused large-scale floods, particularly in the southern regions of Malawi. The DLR/ZKI provided the function of the Project Manager in the frame of the related Charter Call.