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Large Explosive Eruption at Ecuador’s Tungurahua

 You can see the eruption right now on the IG-EPN webcams and it looks like both an ash column and pyroclastic flows heading towards the Chambo River being generated. I don’t know what precautions are being taken right now at Tungurahua, but I imagine people close to the volcano will need to get out quickly. Explosions earlier today reached at least 2.5 km / 8,200 feet, but the activity right now looks worse. Tungurahua had been experiencing heightened earthquake activity for the past few days.

UPDATE: It appears that pyroclastic flows are crossing the road at Los Pajaros.

UPDATE 7:15 PM EST: Some reports are now putting the ash plume height at 10 km / ~32,000 feet while the Washington VAAC advisory mentions ash as high as 14 km / 47,000 feet. According to the official IG-EPN report, pyroclastic flows apparently moved down the slopes of the volcano in all directions as well.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Looks like the southern hemisphere is going to have a cold winter. Remember, their winter happens during our summer. Good thing the winds generally stay in their respective hemisphere, or some of that might blow over here.

Ecuador. What a funny name for a country. What does it mean? Equator? Oh,oh. A volcano on the equator (or almost). Maybe the whole world is going to get a cooling effect from this one!

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