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Thursday, February 7, 2008

 

Volcano in the Andes.

I thought the Andes were dormant, guess not.

Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano May Undergo Another Major Eruption

By Stephan Kueffner

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador's central Andes may soon undergo a greater eruption than a blast early today that was the worst in almost two years, federal officials said.

``The volcano has gone to zero activity, which isn't good news as it implies a major eruption over the coming hours,'' Security Minister Gustavo Larrea told reporters during a briefing in Quito, the capital.

The country's geophysical institute is waiting for the weather near the 16,477-foot (5,022-meter) summit to clear up to investigate whether lava is flowing from Tungurahua's crater, it said in a bulletin on its Web site.

``If that is the case, a short-term explosion would be unlikely,'' it added.

Otherwise, the intensity of the next blast could match the one from its eruption on Aug. 16, 2006, which killed five people and wiped out three villages, the institute said.

The government declared a state of emergency over the provinces of Tungurahua, Chimborazo, and Bolivar, freeing up $3 million in aid. People and livestock have been evacuated, Larrea said, and troops and police are on hand to prevent looting.

The intensity of the eruption today matched that of violent explosions registered July 14, 2006, with the mountain spewing ash, volcanic gases and rocks.

The heaviest period of activity was recorded around 1 a.m. local time, the geographical institute said. Falling ash was more limited than expected, the institute said.

Tungurahua's name in the native Quechua language means ``throat of fire.''

After an 80-year lull, the volcano again became active in 1999. Tungurahua is near the tourist hub of Banos and 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of the capital. The highway connecting Banos with most of the rest of the country has been closed for safety reasons.


Comments:
Next few years there is supposed to be more volcanic activity, earthquakes and potential for tsunamis. All related to increased earth activity .... guess someone's SUV is to blame.
Wrong Konane...it's the Jet airplanes...
I can't imagine anything more frightening than an earthquake, although watching the damage that a bad tornado or tsunami can do on the news and seeing firsthand the devastation that hurricane Charley caused in 2004, I guess it depends on your own personal situation. Remember Mount Saint Helens in 1980? I've never been to Ecuador. I read it is a beautiful country with friendly people.
Volcanic eruptions can change the climate for real. The Mt. Pinataubu and the caldera at Yellowstone (which is 40K years overdue to erupt, its frequency is approx. 1/600k years! it's been 640K) could end civilization as we know it permanently, this is not speculation, it is a reality.

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/calderas.htm (copy/paste into browser address bar)
Jarasan, that is very true about Yellowstone. When it goes, we go.
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