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"VOLCAN TUNGURAHUA" Baños Things to Do Tip by swesn

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'Tungurahua' means Throat of Fire. It is an active volcano over 5,000m in altitude, located near Banos.

After being dormant for years and years, volcanic activity returned with an eruption in October 1999. Experts swiftly evacuated of the locals then. However, as the activity did not really go beyond boiling and smoking, after a few months of restless wait, the locals disregarded warnings and returned, reclaiming their homes and businesses. While concerned, the volcanologists could only planned evalucation routes and made signs for the best way of escape, followed by several 'rehearsals'.

I was here in Banos in 2005 and then, there were 'chivas' which are open-air colourful trucks blasting loud music and taking tourists to go out and about Banos. One of the tours was the night-viewing of Volcan Tungurahua spewing ashes and smoke. I did not take the tour but I passed by Volcan Tungurahua and there it was, smoking away sinisterly and... almost regally.

However, by 2006, activity increased resulting in violent eruptions in July and August. The August eruption was accompanied by a 10km high ash cloud and lava flow that killed 7 people and destroyed several places.

Do check on the latest information about the volcano.

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  • Written Nov 14, 2007
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