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Report on Reventador (Ecuador) — 14 January-20 January 2015

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 14 January-20 January 2015
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2015. Report on Reventador (Ecuador). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 14 January-20 January 2015. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (14 January-20 January 2015)



0.077°S, 77.656°W; summit elev. 3562 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

IG reported moderate seismic activity including explosions, long-period earthquakes, harmonic tremor, and tremor at Reventador during 14-20 January. Cloudy conditions occasionally obscured views of the summit. A vapor plume observed on 14 January, containing a small amount of ash, rose 1 km and drifted SW. On 15 January an explosion generated a steam-and-ash plume that rose 1 km and drifted NW. A smaller explosion produced a plume that rose 200 m. An explosion on 16 January generated an ash plume that rose 2 km and drifted SE. A vapor-and-ash plume rose 1 km and drifted SW on 19 January.

Geologic Background. Reventador is the most frequently active of a chain of Ecuadorian volcanoes in the Cordillera Real, well east of the principal volcanic axis. The forested, dominantly andesitic Volcán El Reventador stratovolcano rises to 3562 m above the jungles of the western Amazon basin. A 4-km-wide caldera widely breached to the east was formed by edifice collapse and is partially filled by a young, unvegetated stratovolcano that rises about 1300 m above the caldera floor to a height comparable to the caldera rim. It has been the source of numerous lava flows as well as explosive eruptions that were visible from Quito in historical time. Frequent lahars in this region of heavy rainfall have constructed a debris plain on the eastern floor of the caldera. The largest historical eruption took place in 2002, producing a 17-km-high eruption column, pyroclastic flows that traveled up to 8 km, and lava flows from summit and flank vents.

Source: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG)