Tungurahua volcano is located in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes mountain range in Ecuador, South America. The mountain where it’s located is 5023 metres high. Tungurahua means “Throat of Fire” in the Quichua language. This strato-volcano has been active since 1999. The volcano is also known as “The Black Giant” and in local indigenous mythology it is allegedly referred to as Mama Tungurahua (or “Mother Tungurahua”).
Tungurahua has erupted many times over the last 10 years. The most recent eruption started on the 15th of July 2013.
The most recent eruption sent a large plume of gas, stones and ash up over 13 km into the sky. The plume was visible in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito (which is more than 140 km away). Today’s Daily Cool Photo is a photo that was taken by Jose Jacome during the last eruption.
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