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Latest news from Sangay volcano:

Hot spots detected at Sangay during the past weeks (MIROVA via Culture Volcan)
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
Eruptive activity of some sort is likely in progress at the volcano. Along with pilot reports of spotted plumes relayed through the Washington VAAC, thermal signals detectable on satellite data have been more and more frequent since early January, Culture Volcan points out in his blog. ... [more]
Monday, Jan 19, 2015
A hot spot was detected in satellite data (Washington VAAC), suggesting that some mild activity continues in the summit crater of this remote volcano, one of South America's most active. [more]

Sangay volcano

Stratovolcano 5230 m (17,159 ft)
Ecuador, -2°S / -78.34°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Sangay webcams / live data
Last update: 28 Jan 2015 (likely strombolian eruptions at summit crater)
Typical eruption style: Explosive. In historic time: frequent, intermittent strombolian activity
Sangay volcano eruptions: 1628-?, 1728-1916, 1934 - 2007 No recent earthquakes
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Sangay volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and one of Ecuador's most active ones. Located isolated east of the Andean crest, with it's perfect steep cone shape and glacier-covered top, it towers majestically at 5230 m high above the Amazonian rainforest.

Background:

Sangay has had frequent eruptions in historic times, mostly of strombolian type. The present-day volcano was built within horseshoe-shaped calderas of two previous edifices, which were destroyed by collapse to the east, producing large debris avalanches that reached the Amazonian lowlands. The modern edifice dates back to at least 14,000 years ago.
Sangay towers above the tropical jungle on the east side; on the other sides flat plains of ash from the volcano have been sculpted by heavy rains into steep-walled canyons up to 600 m deep. The earliest report of a historical eruption was in 1628. More or less continuous eruptions were reported from 1728 until 1916, and again from 1934 to the present. The more or less constant eruptive activity has caused frequent changes to the morphology of the summit crater complex.

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Source: GVP Sangay volcano information



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