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Renewed activity at Tungurahua 4 March 2012

Posted by admin in activity reports, Ecuador, Tungurahua.

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano had a busy year in 2011, notably producing its biggest eruption for several years in April, and ending with a period of marked restlessness from November into January of this year including significant explosive events on 27 and 28 November 2011. Since then the level of activity has been rising and falling, with episodes of moderate activity including steam plumes and lahars throughout January and February interspersed with more active episodes involving significant ash plumes, strombolian activity and the eruption of significant quantities of incandescent material.

In bulletins issued yesterday Ecuador’s geological service, the Instituto Geofísico, reports a new upswing in activity at Tungurahua marked by the eruption of incandescent blocks, rumbling sounds and emission columns, and lava fountains reaching 500 metres above the crater. There are press reports of ashfall in nearby communities.

El volcán Tungurahua se reactivó ayerEl Comercio, 4 March 2012

Global Volcanism Program: Tungurahua – summary information for Tungurahua (1502-80=)
Instituto Geofísico (Escuela Politecnica Nacional) – Geophysical Institute of Ecuador

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