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Tuesday Tidbits

More activity in Ecuador and Indonesia. Also, check out how a major airline deals with volcanic eruptions.

A few quick news bits … and thanks for the questions so far. Keep ’em coming!




Tungurahua, Ecuador erupting in 2006.

  • Ash fall from Tungurahua (in spanish) in Ecuador is affecting the farm towns around the volcano. Farmers in Manzano, a village nearby, fear the ash is significant enough to damage their crops. The volcano itself is throwing incandescent bombs near the vent along with producing copious ash.
  • There is a nice piece in the News Tribune about how Alaska Airlines handled the eruption of Mt. Redoubt near Anchorage this March. It is nice to get some insight into how airlines deal with the threat of ash from start to finish. As with any event like this, the experience will help: “We don’t look forward to having to do this again, but we know now we’ll all be able to cope.”
  • We already know about the increased activity at Anak Krakatau in Indonesia, but officials reinforced the ban of tourists and fisherman from within 2 km of the volcano. It remains at alert level III.

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