Tungurahua Volcano Eruption Sends Ash into the Air

November 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

Tungurahua Volcano

Tungurahua Volcano in the Southern Andes of Ecuador

From EFE and El Universal QUITO – Quito – A sudden eruption of the Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes sent a column of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) into the sky, the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School said Tuesday.

The eruption occurred at 10:35 p.m. Monday and the incandescent material “shot into the air and then descended onto the slopes of the volcano,” the institute said.

It said that the powerful eruption was followed by smaller ones and that reports have come in of ash and pebbles falling on Choglontus and other villages west of the volcano.

The eruption was soundless and was perceived as an earthquake.

“The column of ash from the first eruption was vertical and flashes of light could be seen inside it. For several weeks there have been the seismic phenomena of rocks breaking up and the movement of fluids that have not been very powerful but showed internal activity,” the institute said.

Tungurahua, 5,019 meters (16,456 feet) high, began erupting in 1999 and since then has alternated periods of great activity with spaces of relative calm.

Pallo Wilson, resident of Chacuaco, belonging to the canton Pelileo, Bellows said the volcano began at 22:00 on Monday and after a loud explosion, there was like glowing stones descended the flanks of the colossus.

Pallo Wilson a resident of Chacuaco said the volcano began erupting at 22:00 on Monday and after a loud explosion, there were glowing stones descending the flanks of the closossus.  He said he was accustomed to such natural events, beacause for more than 11 years he has lived with the eruptions of “Mama Tungurahua”, also the local people know what to do in case of an eruption.

Tugurahua erupted in June this year causing the airports in Cuenca and Guayaquil to be closed for the day.

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