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.


A Hot Volcanic Line-Up

A picture of a volcano erupting.

Volcanic activity continues to increase on the planet.

Things are heating up out there, with volcanoes, I mean. Add these eruptions to the current list of active volcanoes:

  1. San Miguel, El Salvador
  2. Tungurahua, Ecuador
  3. San Cristobal, Nicaragua
  4. Shishaldin, Bering Strait (Alaska)
  5. Kelut, Southern Indonesia
  6. Karangetang (Api Siau), Indonesia
  7. Barren Island, Indian Ocean
  8. Asosan, Japan

What Does This Mean?

An increase in volcanic eruptions means more earthquake activity in these regions. And, as more ash and steam circulate into the upper atmosphere, this also means global wind currents will be filled with particulate matter.

And, this means global shifts in the climate – more storms, and global cooling.

Eruption In Progress At Kamchatkan Volcano Making The Winter Cold Much Worse

Kamchatkan eruption from space - NASA

Kamchatkan eruption from space – NASA

A relatively large explosive eruption started January 21, 2014 and is currently in progress at Kamchatkan Shiveluch volcano, Russia. But this isn’t anything new.

This ash plume rose to estimated 4.5 – 5 km (14, 760-16, 400 ft) altitude and is drifting west. The ash is thickening the atmosphere, and is exacerbating the heavy winter cold air and blizzard conditions impacting the Northern Hemisphere.

The volcano continues to produce intense degassing and ash venting. Glow from the active lava dome is visible on night-time webcam images.

When this much ash remains in the atmosphere and is circulated in the wind currents, you will have a drop in temperature and cooling.

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Here is a slide show of the eruptions at Kamchatkan in January 2014 and December 2013 from NASA Terra/MODIS images and images from the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS, KVERT

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