February 1st, 2014 will go down in Ecuadorian history: it was a big day of spewing lava and ash for the Tungurahua volcano. The volcano had two moderate eruptions, followed by a third of greater magnitude, resulting in ash above the crater rising 5 miles high! Ecuador's capital, Quito, was even dusted from 84 miles away. This photo comes to us from our traveler, Sandra McDonald, who actually witnessed some commotion the night before these eruptions during her Adventure Life trip!
Tungurahua awoke from dormancy in 1999, after a long quiet season. Since that time, activity has been calm but fairly consistent, mostly impacting the nearby town of Baños. In 2006, the volcano claimed the lives of four people in the most devastating eruption since its renewed activity.
This most recent outburst has not resulted in any casualties, but the volcano does remain restless. Earthquakes and small explosions continue to persist, so the Tungurahua area remains on high alert. Check out a time-lapse video of Tungurahua here