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Tungurahua Eruopts, Baños Evacuated

Posted by feww on April 5, 2014


City of Baños evacuated amid Tungurahua’s spectacular eruption

Tungurahua erupted on Friday, ejecting a massive plume of smoke and ash 10km into the air during a 5-minute episode.

The 5,023-m volcano has been active since 1999, and has shown signs of increased activity since February 1, 2014.

“Throat of Fire,” as it’s known in the in the local Quechua language, is one of nine or so active volcanoes in Ecuador, located about 140 km  south of the capital, Quito.

Fuente F Vásconez - OVT-IGEPNPhoto showing Tungurahua volcano eruption associated with an explosion at 18:10 (local time) on April 4, 2014. Source F. Vásconez – OVT/IGEPN

Baños de Agua Santa

Baños de Agua Santa, or Baños, as it is commonly referred to, is located in central Ecuador on the northern foothills of the Tungurahua volcano. It is the second most populous city in Tungurahua Province with a population of about 10,000.

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Freeze frame from a local news video clip showing Friday’s eruption.

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Hundreds Evacuated as Ecuador’s Tungurahua Erupts

Posted by feww on July 16, 2013

The “Throat of Fire” Erupts

Hundreds of people were evacuated on Sunday as Tungurahua volcano [“Throat of Fire” in Quichua] in central of Ecuador erupted.

The volcano ejected “ashes and hot solids into the air,” said the National Risk Management Secretariat, as they raised the volcano alert level to “orange.”

“The explosion from the volcano could be heard from various cities such as Riobamba, Ambato, and Guayaquil [which is 250 km from the volcano] and the tremor was felt in volcano’s region, ” said the Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute.

The eruptions and smoke could be seen from the capital, Quito, some 140 km  north of the volcano.

The 5,023-m “Throat of Fire” has been active since 1999.

Tungurahua eruption viewed from the city of Banos in this AFP photo dated December 17, 2012. Image may be subject to copyright.


Volcanic Activity Continues at Popocatépetl

Latest Activity at Popocatépetl. Image Credit: CENAPRED

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Popocatépetl Summit Crater – July 15,2013. Image Credit: CENAPRED – Mexico

Latest statement issued Mexico’s CENAPRED, as Popocatépetl continued to spee ash and volcanic matter Late Monday.

July 15 18:00 h (July 15 23:00 GMT)

During the last 7 hours the monitoring system at Popocatepetl volcano registered 6 low intensity exhalations, which were probably followed by emissions of gases and ash, although this could not be corroborated due to the prevailing cloud cover. Aditionally, two volcanotectonic microseisms of Mc 2.0 and 2.1 were detected at 12:03 and 15:32, respectively.

Today an overflight was made with the aid of the mexican Navy, in which it could be seen that the dome reported on the previous overflight was destroyed by the explosions which ocurred and were reported on the last few days. In its place a new crater 200 m in diameter and 20 to 30 m deep was seen (see image) (see image) (see image) (see image).

The Volcanic Alert Level is at Yellow, Phase 3.

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Blizzards Blast Half of the US, Temp Dips to Minus 58 in Russia

Posted by feww on December 20, 2012


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Three weather systems pound the U.S., as freezing temperatures kill/ injure hundreds in Russia

The storms have knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers across Nebraska and Iowa, reports said.

“Significant snow will impact all or parts of 21 states—five by a storm in the Pacific Northwest, two by a storm in New England and 14 by the storm in the middle of the country.” NOAA reported.

One storm is winding down in Northern New England after dropping 8-14 inches on northern Maine. The system moving into the Rockies and Central Plains will gain strength today and a new system is moving onshore in the Pacific Northwest, where another 12-20 inches are in the forecast.

The northwest storm will affect parts of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana. The New England storm has affected mostly Main and New Hampshire. The monster storm taking over much of the Plains will impact significant parts of Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.


Hundreds of people are dead or injured, as Russia endures its harshest winter in more than 7 decades, with temperatures dipping to as low as minus 50ºC (-58ºF).

“The country has not witnessed such a long cold spell since 1938, meteorologists said, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the seasonal norm all over Russia.” RIA Novosti reported.

  • Russia’s Emergency Ministry has issued warnings throughout 15 regions, as  record cold temperatures are forecast to linger for several more days.
  • The temperatures  fell to -18ºC  Moscow region and -50 degrees in Siberia on Wednesday.
    • The temperatures will plunge to as low as -25ºC in the Moscow-2 region, forecasters said.
  • “Across the country, heat pipelines have broken down due to the cold. In southeastern Russia’s Samara, the cold has broken down many heat pipelines, leaving hundreds of homes without heating, including an orphanage and a rest house. Many schools and kindergartens have been closed for almost a week.” RIA Novosti reported.
  • “The cold spell, along with snowfalls, has disrupted flights all over the country, and led to huge traffic jams. In the southern city of Rostov-on-Don some highways were closed due to snowfalls over the past two days, triggering a traffic collapse.”

Ecuador: Tungurahua volcano

Seventy-two hours after the Tungurahua alert level was raised to ‘orange,’ the activity level remains between ‘moderate’ and ‘high.’

Tungurahua eruption viewed from the city of Banos in this AFP photo dated December 17, 2012. Image may be subject to copyrights.

The Geophysical Institute observatory reported volcanic activity as being  between ‘moderate’ and ‘high,’ with regular expulsions, emitting ashes high into the sky.

The roaring sounds from the volcano is rattling windows in nearby towns, where volcanic ashes continue to rain down.

Tungurahua, (“Throat of Fire” in the native Quechua language),  is located about 135 kilometers (84 miles) south of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador  (Group D – see map).

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Heatwave Fuels Wildfires Ravaging Balkans

Posted by feww on August 22, 2012


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State of emergency declared as wildfires threaten Bosnia towns

Residents and tourists are being  evacuated from Bosnian towns, as raging wildfires fueled by the extreme heat and strong winds approach.

  • Authorities declared a state of emergency in the town of Bratunac (eastern Bosnia) as wildfires approached from 4 directions.
  • Residents and tourists are being evacuated from the town TouKonjic (southern Bosnia) as multiple wildfires engulf the surrounding areas.

Authorities both in Serbia and Croatia have issued extreme heat warnings, instructing people to stay indoors to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.

  • Italy. The Ministry of Health raised the extreme heat warning to the maximum level ‘red’  after heatwave enveloped 8  cities including the capital Rome.
    • Wildfires were reported at multiple locations across southern Italy.
  • France. Heatwave has also affected most parts of France since last week.
    • In southern France, temperatures exceeded 40ºC (104 degrees).
  • Spain. A major wildfire fueled by the extreme heatwave has scorched more than 8,000 hectares in the central Spanish province of Leon, reports said.
    • Fires in Spain have consumed about 150,000 hectares of wild land killing several people this summer.
  • Greece.  Hundreds of fires were ignited across the Greek Islands over the weekend, scorching thousands of  acres of forest.
  • Belgium and Germany have also been affected by the heatwave since late last week.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Ecuador. Tungurahua volcano (summit elevation: 5,030 m) near Banos erupted again on Tuesday, August 20, 2012 spewing lava, ash and volcanic debris  into the air.  Authorities raised the alert level to ‘orange, and evacuated some of nearby residents, while advising others to leave the are voluntarily.
    • Tungurahua’s last major eruption occurred from 1916 to 1918, but the volcano became active again in October 1999.

Tungurahua volcano seen from Huambalo, Ecuador, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. (Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP). Image may be subject to copyright.

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Tungurahua Erupts Again!

Posted by feww on December 5, 2010

Ecuador’s ‘Throat of Fire’ Explodes Again, Locals Evacuate

Ecuador’s Tungurahua erupted again Saturday, ejecting large clouds ash and gasses into the air up to 3km above the volcano’s summit crater .

A fountain of lava erupted, spewing molten rocks to a height of about 2 km above the crater, Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute in Quito reported.

The authorities have evacuated residents from the slopes of Tungurahua soon after a rapid increase in its seismic activity was reported and the volcano started ejecting ash.

The snow-capped, 5,023-meter (16,478-foot) Tungurahua (“throat of fire” in the native Quechua language) erupted in 1999, forcing a year-long evacuation of the nearby city of Banos.

In May 2010 Tungurahua erupted again, forcing the evacuation of a dozen villages and closing down the airport in Guayaquil, the country’s largest city.

Previously, two major eruptions occurred in August 2006 and February 2008. The most significant historical eruptions were recorded in 1886, 1916, and 1918.

Tungurahua volcano near the city Banos south of Quito, Ecuador. A fountain of lava erupted, spewing molten rocks to about 2 km above the crater, the Geological Institute in Quito reported. Dec. 4, 2010. AFP Photo. Image may be subject to copyright. Click here for more images.

Snow-capped Tungurahua, photographed from near the town of Baños. Photo by Minard Hall, 1976 (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito) via GVP.

Tungurahua is located about 135 kilometers (84 miles) south of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador  (Group D – see map).

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M7.2 Quake Rocks Ecuador, Peru

Posted by feww on August 13, 2010

Powerful earthquake rattles Ecuador for about 45 secs.

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake, epicentered at 1.260°S, 77.312°W, struck a remote Amazon region at a depth of more than 200km, rattling Ecuador and parts of neighboring Peru for about 45 seconds.

The shock was the strongest to strike Ecuador in 12 years. A 7.2Mw quake struck off the country’s coast in 1998, according to USGS/EHP records.

In 1949 a 6.8Mw earthquake in Ambato killed at least 5,000 people, and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The quake occurred about 128km ENE (79 degrees) of the 3km tall Tungurahua, one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes, which has been active this year. FEWW forecast more explosive activity from Ecuador volcanoes in 2010 through 2012 and beyond.

Snow-capped Tungurahua, seen from near the town of Baños on its northern flank, rises 3,200 m above steep-walled canyons. Historical eruptions, separated by long reposes, have produced powerful explosions, sometimes accompanied by pyroclastic flows and lava flows. All historical eruptions have originated from the summit crater, and have typically lasted for several years. The largest historical eruptions took place in 1886, 1916, and 1918. Photo by Minard Hall, 1976 (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito). Caption: GVP.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.1 [USGS/EHP estimate]
  • Date-Time:
    • Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 11:54:16 UTC
    • Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 06:54:16 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 1.260°S, 77.312°W
  • Depth: 211 km (131.1 miles)
  • Region: ECUADOR
  • Distances:
    • 145 km (90 miles) E of Ambato, Ecuador
    • 155 km (95 miles) ENE of Riobamba, Ecuador
    • 155 km (95 miles) SSW of Nueva Loja, Ecuador
    • 175 km (110 miles) SE of QUITO, Ecuador
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010zwa5

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