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

The Earth is Grumbling


Argentina and Chile order evacuation of Copahue volcano

Residents living near Copahue were also evacuated last year after the volcano erupted (file picture)

Chile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano in the south of their shared border.

The authorities in both countries issued a red alert – the highest possible – saying the Chilean volcano could erupt imminently.

The 2,965m (nearly 10,000ft) volcano – which sits in the Andes cordillera – has so far only spewed gas.

Thousands of minor earth tremors have been registered in the area.

“This red alert has been issued after monitoring the activity of the volcano and seeing that it has increased seismic activity,” Chilean Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said in a news conference.

“There is a risk that it can start erupting.”

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