Tungurahua Volcano Erupts – Ecuador Volcano Closes Airports
May 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
Tungurahua volcano approximately 80 miles east of Quito violently erupted at 8:47 6:21am local time today. Tungurahua is located in the Central Highlands of Ecuador, and has experienced small eruptions since 1999. Tungurahua is one of 8 active volcanoes peaks with Ecuador. Located in the south central part of the country Tungurahua overshadows the tourist town of Banos a favorite destination for both national and international tourists with a variety of outdoor sports options nearby.
The volcanic plume was estimated at 6miles above the crater which is located at 16,479 feet above sea level. The ash cloud traveled in a south-west direction and a thick ash has covered much of the countryside. The Guayaquil and Cuenca Airports both were closed and government officials suspended a number of flights including those between Quito and Lima in wake of the eruption. Operation is expected to continue tomorrow.
The Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute had been monitoring the volcano which had been experiencing a number of earthquakes over the last month.
There have been no reported deaths due to the eruption.
Due to Ash the Guayaquil Airport will remain closed until 3pm May 29