Increased activity at El Reventador in Ecuador

Eruptions readers have pointed out to me that El Reventador, one of the more active volcanoes in the Andes - that also happens to be close to Quito - has experienced some larger explosive eruptions in recent days. VAAC reports for the area mentioned that yesterday the volcano produced an ash plume that reached at least 4 km / 13,000 feet, while seismicity at the volcano suggests that similarly-sized explosions have rocked the edifice overnight and into today. However, cloud cover has made it difficult to see any of these events on satellite imagery. Reports from on the ground in Ecuador - specifically from the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnical University (IG) - mention intense seismicity related to these explosions and a plume that reached ~2 km / 6,500 feet. Some areas near El Reventador have experienced minor ash fall, but Quito and the main airport are unaffected so far by the new activity at the volcano.

El Reventador has had numerous eruptions over the last few decades, some of which have been impressive explosive eruptions - including a VEI 4 eruption in 2002 that dropped ash on Quito 95 km away and numerous VEI 3 events as well. You can check out some images of the 2002 activity here along with a NASA Earth Observatory shot of the tan plume towering over the clouds.

{Special thanks to the Eruptions readers who supplied links and info for this post.}

Top left: An undated image of El Reventador in Ecuador.


LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

4 reasons Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for universal basic income

In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.

(Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
  • The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
  • Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
Keep reading Show less

Why avoiding logical fallacies is an everyday superpower

10 of the most sandbagging, red-herring, and effective logical fallacies.

Photo credit: Miguel Henriques on Unsplash
Personal Growth
  • Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
  • Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
  • Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
Keep reading Show less
  • Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
  • Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
  • But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
Keep reading Show less