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Ecuador Tungurahua volcano re-erupts   2 comments

REUTERS/Carlos Campana

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LATEST UPDATE (Dec.2/2010)

Volcanic activity has been reported in the Tungurahua (Throat of Fire) volcano in Ecuador, the second case sighted in the past few weeks.  The volcano spewed molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, south of Quito, Reuters reported on Tuesday.  The Tungurahua’s volcanic activity follows last month’s eruption, when a column of gas shot up seven kilometers into the sky.  No casualties have been recorded so far, but flight re-direction is being considered.

Tungurahua is located approximately 150 kilometers southeast of Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

RECENT CHRONOLOGY ….

After almost 6 months of relevate calm, Mount Tungurahua seems to be reawaking in the first days of 2010.

DEC.30 2009 – long-period earthquake followed by fumarolic activity with a steam plume reaching 300 metres above the crater.

JAN.01 2010 – beginning of emissions with low ash content, accompanied by rumbles that have gradually increased their intensity.

JAN.03 2010 – crater glow visible, lava fountaining begins, with the projection of incandescent material onto the upper slopes and intense rumbling sounds

JAN.04 2010 – increased ash emissions with eruption columns reaching as high as 2 km above the crater, ash fall reported to the west.

MAY.31 2010 – explosion (see photo series below)

Tungurahua volcano eruption process last night (May 31). Photo credits: Armando Prado/El Comercio

NOV.22 2010 – A sudden eruption of the Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes sent a column of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) into the sky.

APR.27 2011 – A significant explosive eruption occurred, prompting evacuations of schools and villages near the volcano. Tungurahua produced a 7 km / ~23,000 foot ash plume, which is a bit surprising considering that last report from Instituto Geofisico in Ecuador from January 2011 reported “activity at Tungurahua continued to decrease and ash was absent from plumes.”  Hugo Yepes, a geologist from the IG, was quoted as saying (Spanish) this eruption was one of the largest at the volcano in the past 11 years and that the IG expects that this eruption might gone on for “several days”.  The Ecuadoran government placed the volcano on Orange Alert status, meaning mandatory evacuations for a number of villages near Tungurahua. Some air traffic in and out of Quito has also been effected by the eruption.

(Photo by Cecilia Puebla/AFP/Getty Images)

COTALO, ECUADOR – The Tungurahua volcano spews ashes and lava on January 11, 2010, in Cotalo, Ecuador, 135km south of Quito.

Posted April 27, 2011 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

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Ecuador culinary tradition: Colada Morada con Guaguas de Pan   1 comment

This tradition dates hundreds of years ago; and it is almost impossible to know its exact origin.  But without a doubt it is a result of the syncretism of indigenous rituals and traditions brought by the Spanish with the Catholic religion.

Recipes for Colada Morada can vary from region to region and family to family. Almost all versions contain basic ingredients like:

  • mortiño (i.e., “Blueberry of the Andes” or myrtle berry) [link]
  • mora (i.e., very similar to blackberry)
  • piña (i.e., pineapple)
  • naranjas (i.e., oranges)
  • canela (i.e., cinnamon)
  • clavo de olor (i.e., cloves)
  • panela (i.e., unrefined whole cane sugar)
  • maicena – corn flower base (i.e., cornstarch, black flour or purple corn flour)
  • ishpingo (Ecuadorian spice)
  • pimienta dulce (i.e., sweet peppercorns)
  • bundle of aromatic herbs (huerba buena, arrayan,  orange leaves, lemon verbena)

… some will include strawberries, blueberries, naranjilla juice (an Andean fruit), babaco (champagne fruit), allspice  and even raisins.

Ishpingo (from the Quechua ‘ishpinku’) is the native Ecuadorian cinnamon tree Ocotea quixos (Lauraceae), found only in a small region of Amazonian Ecuador and Colombia. It is in the same family (Lauraceae) as the common Cinnamon and has a similar aroma. It has been used locally as a spice and flavoring agent since pre-European times.

Colada Morada has its roots in ‘El Dia de los Difuntos’ or ‘Day of the Ancestors’ (November 2), a time to celebrate and pay respects to one’s ancestors.  In the small villages, families dress in their finest clothes and carry a meal to the cemetery. It is generally customary to leave one plate for the dead ancestor.  This traditional meal includes guaguas de pan and the colada morada.

Guaguas de pan literally translated means  ‘bread babies’.  The word guagua, pronounced wa-wa, is Quechua for baby or young child.) These bread babies can be up to 12 inches long and are decorated with icing and may have jam or some other sweet filling inside.

In the larger towns and cities, families no longer eat with their ancestors. They spend the day visiting the cemetery and laying flowers on the graves. They may make guaguas de pan and colada morada, but only for eating with their family at home. Nevertheless, the spirit of the Día de los Difuntos carries on as one of the important traditions of Ecuador.

 

Recipes for colada morada can vary from region to region and family to family. While all versions contain blueberry, blackberry, and pineapple, some will use naranjilla juice (an Andean fruit), babaco (champagne fruit), strawberries, and even raisins. 

Read more at Suite101: Colada Morada Fruit Juice Recipe: Traditional Ecuadorian All Soul’s Day Blueberry and Blackberry Drink http://www.suite101.com/content/colada-morada-fruit-juice-recipe-a34344#ixzz16h1J6tKq

Posted November 29, 2010 by sangay in MAINLAND ECUADOR, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

BBC GALAPAGOS ‘Born of Fire’   Leave a comment

The BBC does a spectacular job of capturing the Galapagos Islands in their series, “Galapagos: Born of Fire’.

Part 1 ….

Posted November 19, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

Galapagos Islands .. it’s the wildlife that stands out   Leave a comment

One of the major highlights of any visit to the Galapagos Islands – and most that have already been will agree –  is the wide variety of fascinating and seemingly fearless wildlife.  For this reason a fancy telephoto lens is not absolutely necessary (with the exception of such birds as the Galapagos hawk) when taking your personal photographs of the interesting animals.

I still fondly remember my first visit to the Island over ten years ago …. and particularly remember how most of the wildlife seemed oblivious to the presence of human tourists – almost as if they had been trained to go about their daily activities in almost complete ignorance of the presence of daily tourists walking the various marked trails of the Galapagos Islands.

Some creatures (males Sea lions pop to mind) actually have turned the table, so to speak. It is not unknown for male sea lions to assert their dominance by occasionally trying to chase or herd tourists along the trails and away from their territory. I had a similar experience while snorkeling …. a male sea lion chased me off a secluded beach I had drifted on to and started to nip and nibble at my fins as I calmly (but rather quickly) made my way back out to sea.

Other situations frequently occur with such creatures as the Espanola Mockingbird, which are know renowned for landing on your arm (or any convenient spot) to try and drink water from your water bottle as you meander down the trail. Some land iguanas on (South) Plazas, for example, almost crawl over your hand while seated on a rock as you listen intently to your guide goes through a discourse about cactus, evolution or the such.

Posted November 16, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

Galapagos Islands detailed map: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND & visit sites   Leave a comment

Posted August 27, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

Galapagos Islands detailed map: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND & visit sites   1 comment

Posted August 27, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES

Galapagos Islands detailed map: ISABELA ISLAND & visit sites   3 comments

Posted August 27, 2010 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGES