Skip to comments.Volcano wipes out 3 villages in Ecuador - Mt. Tungurahua
Posted on 08/17/2006 11:39:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
QUITO, Ecuador - August 17, 2006 - A volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains destroyed three villages, killed at least one man and left more than 60 others missing, the mayor of a village on the volcano's slope said Thursday.
One body was recovered after the overnight eruption of lava from Tungurahua, in the country's high Andes, and four others were believed to be under the rubble, Penipe Mayor Juan Salazar said. Salazar told Channel 4 television that the villages of Chilibu, Choglontuz and Palitagua "no longer exist. Everything is wiped out."
"This is an indescribable catastrophe," Salazar said. "The houses have collapsed. The rocks that fell caused injuries and burns in the city of Riobamba and in Penipe."
Salazar said there were 60 other people on the high flanks of the volcano whom officials could not get to Thursday morning.
Choglontuz, Penipe and another village were ordered evacuated on Wednesday hours before the 16,575-foot volcano unleashed gas and ash some 5 miles into the sky, according to a report by Ecuador's Geophysics Institute.
Salazar said 3,200 people were evacuated Wednesday from the three communities. He did not say how many remained in the villages.
Dr. Hernan Ayala told Channel 4 TV that about 50 people from Penipe were treated at a medical center in Riobamba for burns caused by "lava flows and incandescent rocks that burned them as they tried to flee."
"They were also burned by vapor and the elevated heat in the zone. It was a scene of chaos, a Dantesque situation," he said. "There are six whom we consider the most grave, one of them with burns over 85 percent of the body."
The death reported Thursday was the first reported from a Tungurahua eruption since the volcano rumbled back to life in 1999 after staying dormant for eight decades.
An Ecuadorian walks over lava from the Tunguraahua volcano in Banos, Ecuador, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.
A graphic on the Tungurahua volcano. At least five people died, dozens were missing and 13 others were injured after southern Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock and ash, burying four villages, a mayor said.(AFP Graphic)
I think the volcano is winning. :-P
This handout photo provided the Instituto Geofisico of Ecuador shows a view of an explosion of the Tungurahua Volcano as seen Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. The volcanic eruption in Ecuador's Andes mountains killed at least one person and left more than 60 others missing, the mayor of a village on the volcano's slope said Thursday. (AP Photo/ Instituto Geofisico EPN, HO)
Lava cascades down the side of Mayon volcano near Legazpi City, south of Manila, August 17, 2006. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES)
A significant volume of lava flows down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from the northeast side of Buyoan, Legazpi city, Albay province southeast of Manila, Philippines at dawn Thursday Aug. 17, 2006. Mayon continues its restiveness with scientists recording five explosions overnight, 21 volcanic earthquakes and a sudden increase of Sulfur Dioxide emission to 8,086 tons compared to 2,900 tons the previous day and indicating 'active magma degassing.' More than 40,000 residents around the volcano's 6-kilometer permanent danger zone are now taking shelter in various schools in Albay province. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Do not meddle in the affairs of volcanoes, for they are not subtle--and quick to erupt.
You can outrun the lava, but you can't outrun the pyroclastic flow?
Gee. Good thing that eruption didn't spew any pollution into the atmosphere to cause more global warming. < /sarcasm>
"You can outrun the lava, but you can't outrun the pyroclastic flow? "
That's pretty much it. Lava is a thick liquid and flows rather slowly. A pyroclastic eruption is just fine dust and small rocks which are superheated and airborne. Very fast-moving. Impossible to outrun, even in a fast vehicle.
Has Karl Rove been blamed by Howard Dean and the mediacRats yet for this latest eruption? He has branched out beyond hurricanes and tsunamis, yaknow. :)
pyroclastic flows are difficult to outrun, as they can exceed 200mph
that why one evacuates BEFORE the eruption
I guess you didn't get the reference to the old saw about running from the cops...
Send in Al Gore to stop it....its polutting and ruining his global warming theory.....
I guess not. No harm done, though.
Somebody set them up the volcano. They get lava.
Christ. Those poor people. 85% burns must be unbearable.
Since our servers block the DUmp at work, I can't tell who the Deaniacs are blaming for this. I imagine they think Karl Rove has several machines to change the news as needed.
Well, for about the 50 billionth time, I'll have to point out yet again that the primary effect of the "pollution" from volcanoes is to COOL the earth, not warm it. Volcanoes DO produce some greenhouse gases like CO2, but their effect overwhelmed by the cooling gases, like Sulfur Dioxide, which forms a haze of Sulfuric Acid that blocks sunlight.
And even the CO2 that volcanoes produce per year is less than 1/150th the amounts humans put into the atmosphere per year
Not that this eruption would have much climate effect at all - on a global scale, it wasn't very big. The problem is these people living in villages RIGHT NEXT to the volcano.
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