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Active Volcano Crater, Ecuador

Volcán Tungurahua (Tungurahua Volcano), near the town of Baños and the larger city of Ambato, is an active volcano in the Eastern Cordillera of Ecuador's Andes Mountains.

 

Approximately 20,000 people live in the area below the volcano, and as recently as 1999 they were evacuated due to concerns over an impending volcanic eruption. Fortunately, the fears never materialized; however, one person was killed in a conflict between the military and evacuees attempting to end the two-month evacuation so they could return to their homes and farms.

 

Believe it or not, there is a five-star resort on the side of this volcano (Luna Runtun), at which we stayed on our trip to Ecuador. Of course, we didn't realize that we were staying on an active volcano while we were there...I don't know if this knowledge would have affected our travel plans, but this does give some idea of the size of this volcano. We were on the volcano and didn't even know it....

 

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Taken on January 15, 2005