Throat of Fire


Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador: Increased activity

The volcano was dormant until 1999 but has since become active again

Seismologists in Ecuador say the Tungurahua volcano is showing increased activity.

About 40 explosions were registered on Monday and even though their intensity diminished, experts have not ruled out a renewed sudden increase.

An ash cloud up to 3km (1.8 miles) in height has been rising from the volcano over the past few days.

Tungurahua, which had been dormant until 1999, lies 135km (85 miles) south-east of the capital, Quito.

Seismologists have registered dozens of tremors as the volcano spewed ash and rocks

A large ash cloud has been emanating from the volcano’s crater

The 5,023m-high Tungurahua, meaning “throat of fire” in the indigenous Quechua language, is one of South America’s most active volcanoes.

Source: BBCNews

Scary Airports


Next week Quito’s infamous airport will move, offering an easier place for pilots. Kai Tak, in Hong Kong, the most precarious of landings where you could see washing hanging on lines, no longer exists. But thrill seekers can still fly to Cusco, Innsbruck, Kathmandu or St Barts, to name a few. Look away if you are scared of flying


Paro, Bhutan: a Drukair-Royal Bhutan airlines airbus A319-114 passenger jet prepares to land at the international airport Photograph: Singye Wangchuk /Reuters

See slid show of 15 scary airports

See slide show of 15 scary airports

Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal, probably No1. scary airport…


In the next clip landing, you can see what’s at the end of that runway… NOTHING!


You miss on the final approach, there’s no going round for another shot.

Snowy Throated Kingbird

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Snowy-throated Kingbird – found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The Snowy-throated Kingbird (Tyrannus niveigularis)

Read more about it http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=480876 (Sorry, linking not working)

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