Earth Science News  





.
SHAKE AND BLOW
Ecuador on alert after volcano erupts

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only
by Staff Writers
Quito, Ecuador (UPI) Apr 27, 2011
Ecuador declared a national alert after the Tungurahua volcano, notorious for previous eruptions, began spewing lava again, forcing closure of schools and a widening evacuation of residents.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the latest eruption.

A 5-mile-high column of lava and ash generated a vast, stifling canopy of poisonous gases and smoke, forcing the authorities to issue repeated warnings over radio and television to fleeing residents of four towns to cover against the contaminated air.

The National Secretary of Risk Management in Ecuador, Maria del Pilar Cornejo, said three of the affected towns had been evacuated.

The towns of Cusua, Bilbao and Chacabuco were among those worst affected by the volcano's eruptions.

Residents were ill-equipped for the burst of lava and gas as the volcano erupted after several explosions Monday. The air was thick with lava ash around the mountain, in the Cordillera Oriental region of central Ecuador's Andean region south of Quito.

Damage to agricultural crops and livestock could be extensive, officials said.

Numerous residents were treated for breathing problems and lava injuries but there were no immediate reports of fatalities, though rescue teams remained cautious in their assessments of the damage and the lava's toll on humans and livestock.

Officials said authorities in towns near the volcanic eruption responded by shutting down schools, businesses closed and streets were deserted before the evacuations began.

News media said more communities might be evacuated. The numbers of those displaced were not immediately available.

The state-run Geophysical Institute said lava flowed from the crater, at a height of more than 16,480 feet, down the slopes and into mountain settlements and villages.

The institute recorded at least six explosions inside the crater before the eruptions began. It said the first activity began April 20 but officials had no immediate word on whether they took action in response to the renewed activity.

Tungurahua is 16,479 feet above sea level, and is about 80 miles southeast of Quito. It has been active since 1999, when volcanic activity restarted.

Tungurahua, "Throat of Fire" in the indigenous Quichua language, was dormant for many years but became active in 1999, losing its ice cap. Major eruptions on Aug. 16, 2006; Feb. 6, 2008; May 28, 2010; and Dec. 4, 2010, caused havoc and killed at least four people.

Numerous residents reported severe health problems after each eruption.

Before the volcanic activity began in 1999 Tungurahua used to be snow-covered and bore a summit glacier that melted away.




Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest



Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
SHAKE AND BLOW
'Right' to shut down air space over Iceland volcano: study
Copenhagen (AFP) April 26, 2011
The ash cloud from Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano eruption last year was indeed dangerous to aircraft and authorities were right to carry out the planet's largest air space shutdown since World War II, the head of a Danish-Icelandic research team said Tuesday. "Aviation authorities were really flying blind. They didn't know (but they) luckily made the right decision," said Susan Stipp, a profe ... read more

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  


SHAKE AND BLOW
Japanese government submits $49bn extra budget

Dalai Lama tells Japan to look to future

Asbestos, dioxin threats in Japan tsunami rubble

Japanese retail sales slump after disaster

SHAKE AND BLOW
Chernobyl's radioactivity reduced the populations of birds of orange plumage

Thousands queue for iPad 2 across Asia

New polymer structures for use as plastic electronics

NIST nanomagnets offer food for thought about computer memories

SHAKE AND BLOW
Suez Environnement reports strong start to year

Conservation of coastal dunes is threatened by poorly designed infrastructure

Eddies found to be powerful modes of ocean transport

VIMS study shows propeller turbulence may affect marine food webs

SHAKE AND BLOW
Calling all candidates for Concordia

Melting ice on Arctic islands a major player in sea level rise

ESA-NASA Collaboration Furthers Sea-Ice Research

Melting ice on Arctic islands boosts sea levels: study

SHAKE AND BLOW
China food scandals spark new safety fears

Stressed out crop impede higher agriculture yields

Lima to declare itself a GMO-free zone

Scorpion venom bad for bugs but good for pesticides

SHAKE AND BLOW
Ecuador on alert after volcano erupts

Forecasters predict multiple US hurricane landfalls

Rain is Colombia's 'worst' natural disaster: Santos

'Right' to shut down air space over Iceland volcano: study

SHAKE AND BLOW
Darfur rebels reject draft Doha accord

Nigeria holds final polls despite violence

Burkina Faso president assumes defence post

Work on Sudan split continues

SHAKE AND BLOW
Chinese population ageing, moving to the cities

Evolution of human 'super-brain' tied to development of bipedalism, tool-making

Berlusconi, Sarkozy meet over migrants

Pope urges 'solidarity' with refugees from conflict


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement