Monday, August 21, 2006

tungurahua again

So since i haven't gotten any urgent calls or emails from my parents, i'm guessing the latest eruption of tungurahua hasn't gotten a lot of press outside the country. I heard that it went again, but since it was on Aug 17 and that was the day natalia and i started our travels, and we've been way over on the coast, i hadn't heard the details. The first one back in july just affected the local area, not even Baños becuase it blew the other way. But this time lots of people evacuated, and the ash has spread really far and shut down transportation basically between cuenca and quito as far as i can tell. This obviously screws over our "up the sierra" itinerary, but hopefully we can still get to cuenca and maybe over to tena and back to quito that way. We'll see what happens. In the meantime you can type "tungurahua" into google news and get your own updates. Wish me luck...


  1. Actually, I did see a news story about the tungurahua eruptions - aren't you proud of me for not freaking out and calling you? (the truth is I forgot...) Glad to know you are ok, though!

  2. Not that the Chicago Press has had much coverage, but last week there were pix available of Baños covered with an inch or two of ash, and reports that all the trees were bare now. The road from Baños to Riobamba has never been reopened after 1999. ¡Buena suerte!

  3. actually i took a picture of tunguruhua in february -- it looked like it had malas pulgas"...