Activity Intense At Tungurhua Volcano

A picture of Ecuador's Tungurhua volcano erupting.

Activity increases at Ecuador’s Tungurhua volcano.

Tungurhua volcano in Ecuador continues to be very active with frequent explosions ejecting lava and ash plumes several hundred feet up to 3-4 km (2+ miles) above the summit.

Strong shock waves and cannon-shot explosion sounds are accompanying the eruptions. Ash fall occurred in the towns and villages of Pondoa, Runtún, Triunfo, and Río Verde.

Two More To Watch

Peru’s Ubinas volcano is having new eruptions, and San Miguel volcano in El Salvador is showing signs of another eruption.


Tungurahua is one of South America’s most active volcanoes. Since 2000, a new lava dome has been growing in its summit crater.

Tungurahua’s activity has been characterized by frequent powerful ash explosions, producing ash plumes of several kilometers high, as well as dangerous pyroclastic flows. Part of the population around its base has been evacuated, and people in villages living at lower elevations are on high alert.

A Google Earth map of Tungurahua.

The world is watching the activity at Tungurahua.


At Least 14 Killed In Second Major Landslide in Ecuador This Year

A picture of the deadly landslide in Ecuador on April 24, 2013.

Deadly landslide in Ecuador on April 24, 2013 – AP

A landslide in the town of Tabete in Ecuador’s Esmeraldas Province claimed the lives of at least 14 people on April 24, 2013 and buried several homes. Heavy rains appear to have triggered the landslide that struck the village of Tabete in northern Ecuador. Reports said that the landslide occurred after the soil in the community was saturated by hours of continual heavy rains.

Three months earlier and to the day on January 24, 2013, a landslide set off by mining and rains killed 10 and injured 18 others in the gold mining community of Pueblo Nuevo, located about 340 kilometers (210 miles) southeast of Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

A picture of a deadly landslide in Ecuador on january 24, 2013.

Deadly landslide in Ecuador on January 24, 2013 – AP