Guagua Pichincha, Ecuador

photo of Guagua Pichincha, Ecuador

Guagua Pichincha Volcano in Ecuador erupted a huge mushroom cloud of ash on the morning of October 7, 1999, and a dusting of ash fell on the capital city of Quito. Forty centimeters of ash fell on Quito during a major eruption in 1660. Only small eruptions have occurred this century prior to this latest activity. The proximity of Guagua Pichincha to Quito makes it a potentially very dangerous volcano.

Photograph copyright Gola Ayora A.

Current data on Guagua Pichincha available (in Spanish) on www.cybw.net/volcan. Photo and website information courtesy of Juan Fernando Ayora

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