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Tungurahua volcano (Ecuador), activity update: continuing strong explosive activity

Thursday Apr 05, 2007 21:43 PM | BY: TOM PFEIFFER

Tungurahua volcano continues with strong explosions producing eruption columns rising to 10-11 km and pyroclastic flows and lahars (mud-flows) on its flanks:


IG reported that on 27 March, at 1716, an ash column from Tungurahua rose to an altitude of 11 km (36,000 ft) a.s.l. An accompanying pyroclastic flow traveled 1 km down the Mandur gorge on the NW flank. A lahar traveled W down the Bilbao gorge and vibrated near-by structures. On 28 March, ash plumes again rose to altitudes of 11 km (36,000 ft) a.s.l. Ashfall was reported from areas downwind. Noises that resembled rolling blocks down the flanks were reported. Hot steaming mudflows traveled N, NW, and W. On 29 March, three explosions rattled windows in areas as far away as 8 km. During 30 March-3 April, ash plumes, occasionally accompanied by roaring noises and “cannon shots,” rose to altitudes of 6-10.5 km (19,700-34,400 ft) a.s.l. and drifted mainly W and NW. Incandescent material was ejected 300 m above the crater and subsequently descended about 1 m down the flank on 31 March; similar activity was observed at the summit during 1-2 April. Ashfall was reported from areas about 8 km SW, N, and W.


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Source: IG via GVP/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 28 March-3 April 2007

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