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Satellite image of Tungurahua volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 5023 m (16,479 ft)
Ecuador, -1.47°S / -78.44°WCurrent status
: normal or dormant
(1 out of 5)Tungurahua webcams / live data
| ReportsTungurahua volcano videosTungurahua volcano booksTungurahua volcano eruptions:
1534, 1557, 1640(?), 1641, 1644(?), 1646(?), 1757(?), 1773, 1776, 1777(?), 1781(?), 1857, 1885(?), 1886-88, 1900(?), 1916-25, 1944, 2000 - 2016, 2017 (?) Typical eruption style:
Explosive.Last earthquakes nearby
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Tungurahua volcano news & eruption updates:
Sun, 30 Dec 2012, 11:05
Seismic signal from RETU station (IG)
Activity at Tungurahua has picked up again. During 29 Dec, the Instituto Geofísico (IG) reported 30 explosions over 24 hours of small to moderate size, sometimes accompanied by loud sounds and ejection of incandescent material. Ash plumes were reported reaching 25,000 ft (7.5 km) altitude. ...more
Fri, 28 Dec 2012, 09:10
Current seismic signal from RETU station (IG)
The eruption continues at fluctuating, but generally reduced intensity compared to the previous week, but there are still occasional weak to moderate explosions and near constant steam and ash emissions that produce a column rising up to about 2 km above the crater. ...more
Wed, 26 Dec 2012, 11:05
Over the past days, the volcano has calmed down a bit compared to the previous week. Glow could be seen during the night from the summit where the lava dome continues to grow. ...more
Fri, 21 Dec 2012, 11:05
Activity has been quieter compared to yesterday, but the volcano continues to produce a constant ash column and intermittent explosions of small to moderate size, some of which are accompanied by loud cannon-shot bangs and roars. ...more
Thu, 20 Dec 2012, 11:05
An explosion at 01:50 (local time) this night was followed by an increase of seismic and visible activity. Between 02:00 and 04:00 am, explosions followed at intervals of only 5 minutes and produced loud cannon-shot noises and shock waves, and ejected incandescent blocks of various sizes. ...more
Wed, 19 Dec 2012, 21:05
The activity today was characterized by numerous explosions of moderate size with loud gun-shot noises and roars heard in all towns near the volcano. Some of the explosions caused buildings vibrate. Continuous volcanic tremor was measured and localized at depth of 3-4 km beneath the crater. During the night, glowing bombs were seen ejected 3-400 m above the crater and rolling down for about 1 km on the volcano's slopes. ...more
Wed, 19 Dec 2012, 11:05
Thermal imaging of pyroclastic flow deposits generated during the 18 Dec 2012. Source: S. Vallejo-IGEPN
Tungurahua continued to produce a sustained ash column rising 2-3 km and intermittent stronger explosions. Several pyroclastic flows occurred yesterday (at 05:00 am, 07:47 and 15:30 local time), the one at 07:47 reaching a length of up to 4 km distance near La Hacienda. The deposits of the flows were reported seen in the gorge and reaching the plain in the area between the Mandur and La Hacienda. ...more
Tue, 18 Dec 2012, 11:05
Tungurahua volcano seen on 17 Dec (IG)
During last night and early today explosions and volcanic tremor continued to be recorded. Pulsating lava fountains and strong strombolian-type ejections of incandescent blocks were observed at night with fountains reaching a height of 1 km and bombs landing on the upper cone. In the morning, a small small pyroclastic flow descended through the gorge of La Hacienda. ...more
Mon, 17 Dec 2012, 11:05
Thermal image of Tungurahua on 8am on 17 Dec (image: S. Vallejo - IGEPN)
During the night 16-17 Dec, some strong explosions occurred that could be heard as far as Pillaro and Salcedo. Medium to strong levels of tremor and emission signals were recorded on the seismographs. Incandescent blocks were seen ejected about 200 m above the crater and landing on the upper flanks. ...more
Mon, 17 Dec 2012, 09:58
Explosion with pyroclastic flows down at 05:53 (local time) on 16 December. Source M. Yepez (IGEPN)
Following the first explosion on Friday, the volcano has entered a second violent phase of activity on Sunday. Numerous explosions have occurred in the morning of Sunday with ash rising up to 8 km above the crater. Small pyroclastic flows have descended the flanks and partly heavy ash fall has been affecting nearby areas. Combined with rainfall the fresh ash deposits have a dangerous potential to generate lahars in drainages surrounding the volcano. ...more
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