Report on Reventador (Ecuador) — 26 February-4 March 2003
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
26 February-4 March 2003
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2003. Report on Reventador (Ecuador). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 26 February-4 March 2003. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
0.077°S, 77.656°W; summit elev. 3562 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Heavy rain fall at Reventador caused lahars to flow down Márker gorge on 23 February, affecting travel in the area. On the 24th, lahars traveled mainly down Márker and Reventador gorges. On the 28th, rain caused small lahars in Márker, Reventador, and Montana gorges. During 22-28 February, seismicity remained at low levels, only small amounts of steam were emitted from the volcano, and there was no indication of increased volcanism.
Geological Summary. Volcán El 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 stratovolcano has 4-km-wide avalanche scarp open to the E formed by edifice collapse. A young, unvegetated, cone rises from the amphitheater floor about 1,300 m to a height comparable to the rim. It has been the source of numerous lava flows as well as explosive eruptions visible from Quito, about 90 km ESE. Frequent lahars in this region of heavy rainfall have constructed a debris plain on the eastern floor of the scarp. The largest recorded 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)