Ecuador: Ecuador’s hyper-active volcano Tungurahua had a significant eruption on Sunday. The explosive eruption was also caught on weather satellite images of the area which show pyroclastic flows and ash.
The volcanic eruption produced an ash plume that could be spotted in Quito (135 km away) and pyroclastic flows. Reports suggest that the ash went as high as 45,000 feet. The pyroclastic flow threat has prompted the Ecuadoran government to evacuate people living nearest to the volcano as well. The explosion could be seen on two loops of NOAA/NESDIS satellite imagery with the with the heat from the ash clearly visible as the explosion happens. Ash from the eruption was falling on towns around Tungurahua as well and a sharp increase in volcanic material in streams and rivers leading from the volcano has also been noticed — mainly ash and gravel, likely tephra (volcanic debris from an explosive eruption).