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March 4, 2012
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New eruptions on Tungurahua and Etna

Posted by Ren on March 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Tungurahua in Ecuador began a new eruption yesterday afternoon (local time) following seismic tremors and the emissions of steam and ash. Moderate to strong roaring noises were in areas near the volcano and the ash plume was reported to have drifted towards the southwest. During the night, strombolian fountains rising up to 500m above the crater and the expulsion of incandescent rocks was observed especially to the northwest. Low intensity sporadic roaring was reported and ashfall was reported in Choglontus and Manzano.


Ash emissions on Tungurahua just seen above the clouds on 3rd March 2012. PHOTO: J. Bustillos/IGEPN


Meanwhile over in Sicily, the third paroxysm of the year had occurred on Etna this morning following 18 days of weak strombolian activity from the New Southeast Crater. Eruptive vents had opened up on the southwestern and northern flanks of the cone which in turn emitted lava flows which had interacted violently with the snow on the ground. Pyroclastic flows were generated which reached lengths of a few hundred metres and a lahar caused by the rapid melting of thick snow descended into the Valle del Bove. The paroxysm lasted until the mid morning.

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  1. March 5, 2012 6:47 am

    Reblogged this on Chaos Sweeps Away the World We Know! The Disaster, current events & Catastrophe Blog. Forecasts for 2012 to 2020. Read tomorrows news today! Plus current economic, commodities, stock indices and financial news. and commented:
    March 5, 2012 – Volcanoes and Earthquakes for March 4: My two favorite subjects were covered very nicely by the “Abraveheart1” blog in this post that features a still photo of theTunguarhua Volcano in Ecuador and a video of that very deep Argentina earthquake that occurred at 7:46AM local time (2:46Am EST) and a 5.43 YouTube video of the Mount Etna eruption and pyroclastic flow yestereday. Thanks “abraveheart1.”
    The Master of Disaster
    PS: I have yet to cover the Congo explosion that killed 136, Cyclone Irina in South Africa and the Polish Train Wreck that killed 16.

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