Powerful eruption at Tungurahua, Ecuador

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Huge pyroclastic flows in all directions and an ash cloud close to 50 thousand feet!

It all began yesterday afternoon with a series of powerful explosions that produced an ash column exceeding 40,000 ft (13 km ) altitude, and pyroclastic flows up about 8 km in length.

At 17:00 local time, two moderate-sized explosions generated ash columns rising to about 5 km (3 miles) above the summit, and produced pyroclastic flows that descended about 500 meters northeast and north of the western flanks.

A larger explosion about 39 minutes later propelled ash to about 8 km above the volcano (ie 40,000 ft / 13 km altitude).

In the field of Chacauco , the fall of tephra caused total darkness .


Thanks to Nick Mangin and Alessandro Decet for this link

11 thoughts on “Powerful eruption at Tungurahua, Ecuador”

  1. @lyn roberts,
    I wasn’t able to find any information about the eruption magnitude but they were warning about future events:

    “A second most likely scenario is that activity declines at the surface while internal pressure builds up towards another major explosion.”


    If it does hold to IGPEN predictions AND the subtropical jet stream picks up the ash cloud, there’s a good possibility the SH will see cooling effects. St. Helens ejected 3 cu km of ash; I doubt this eruption was even a fraction of that. But every high-ejection volcanic plume adds to upper atmospheric cooling, so I say game on.

  2. Still remember frost lying on ground till lunchtime in south auckland,New Zealand,very unusual, in couple of years after Mt St Helens eruption,
    Question, was Equador eruption same size or greater, much COLD coming to southern areas.

  3. If I currently had to endure snow and freezing temps, like never before, and was waiting for a delivery of propane that has been delayed over a week or more. I would look for answers.
    And if I was lucky enogh to find this site, I would search for three answers.

    What the hell is going on?

    When will everything go back to normal?

    And what fuel should I change to if this is going to be an ongoing event?

    I simply do not have enough eduacation, to answer with any conviction, outside of observation.

    What the hell is going on: The Sun is shutting down, and it cotrols the Solar System. Yes by heat, gravitation, but also by magnetics.

    When will everything go back to normal? There never was a normal.

    Fuel: Antracite and wood.

    These are my very weak replies and even though increased volcanic activity may have some influance on co2, perhaps it’s time to move on to the real issue. Heat, shelter, and food, because right now, their are a lot of people around the globe who only want advice on these issues.

  4. This and a few others going off like this are the warmists get out clause. They can peddle their lies and deceit all they want and then as soon as they acknowledge that the world is cooling they will say “it’s the volcanoes!”. “We were right about the warming and then these volcanoes start spewing dust into the atmosphere and the world will cool!”. A win win situation for the warmists.


  5. that was pretty mussy ..more coolth added to atmosphere.
    note that spaceweather is saying a 80% M class flare risk and 50% for X class so quake etc activity is likely to stay high for a while.

  6. Makes a person wonder what effect this could potentially have on E Pacific ocean temps if picked up by the southern subtropical jet stream.

  7. This is just one of the 35 erupting volcanoes at this time. Last time I counted, 6-3-2012, there were only 27 erupting volcanoes.

    Solar scientists (Dr Landscheidt for one) have made predictions based upon the Sun’s center of mass caused by planetary alignment. It appears that planetary alignment also affects the Earth. Unfortunately, there is no proof, but there are many observations some of which I listed below.

    It is interesting reading, and I never would have guessed that our moon could cause: “some changes in weather conditions, such as droughts, tornados, hurricanes, or lightning storms.”

    “Solar Activities and Us – Part Two”
    From: http://thewisemag.com/astrology/solar-activities-and-us-part-two

    The Earth and Saturn were in perfect alignment with the Sun on March 21, 2010. Pluto was making a 90 degree aspect to this alignment. One day before, an active volcano erupted in Iceland. Many earthquakes followed: a 5.1 magnitude one in Turkey on March 24, a 6.1 magnitude one in the Philippines in March 25, a 6.2 magnitude one in Chili on March 26, and a 6.6 magnitude one in India on March 30.

    When the volcano in Iceland erupted a second time in April 14, 2010, there was a grand cross between Mercury, Venus, and Uranus, and Saturn was also in opposition with Pluto. After the eruption, flights in many countries were affected. On the same day, a hurricane hit India, and an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hit Papua New Guinea.

    When a giant earthquake of 9.0 magnitude hit Japan on March 11, 2011, Jupiter and Saturn were opposed to each other. On March 9, huge explosions in the sun were observed, and great earthquakes followed in Japan. Karangetang, one of the volcanoes of Indonesia, erupted on March 11.

    These are only a few examples, and I could give more. We can easily conclude that planetary alignments and solar activities are closely related to natural disasters. Unless scientists, who investigate the relationship between solar activity and natural disasters, take the planetary alignments into account, they will never make perfect predictions.

    Some scientists claim there is a link between volcanic and solar activities. However, as they ignored the planets, they failed to explain the mechanism. According to Frank Glasby, volcanic eruptions differ from earthquakes in two ways. Generally there are two planets with close aspects and the center of the Earth is stimulated, heating the magma. During volcanic eruptions, the planets stand too close to each other and also at the same side as the Sun. The slow-moving planets gain importance in volcanic-eruption periods, and they are related with planetary groupings that create a horizontal pressure. Buryl Payne states that Venus or Saturn was observed close to the Earth during volcanic-activity periods. In addition to this, the moon’s positions seem to be related to volcanic activities.

    The force of the moon’s gravity on the Earth is almost 2.5 times that of the sun. The phases of the moon cause some changes in weather conditions, such as droughts, tornados, hurricanes, or lightning storms. Some studies show that after the new-moon and full-moon phases, the rainfall increases by 10%, and if the moon is perigee or apogee (closest to or furthest from the Earth), tropical storms may transform into hurricanes.

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