Tungurahua is an active stratovolcano located in Ecuador. The 5,023m high volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. Since 2000, a new lava dome has been developing in its summit crater. Its historical eruptions have all been accompanied by strong explosions.

Location: Andes, Ecuador
Coordinates: -1.469492, -78.444832
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano


Tungurahua’s Location


Tungurahua’s Latest Status

2024: Alert Level 1 – Not Active


Tungurahua’s Eruptive History

1916 VEI=4 eruption.
1999 VEI=3 eruption October with summit incandescence and ash plume to 3000m. A 10km ash plume rose in November. 25,000 people had to be evacuated
2000-2005 Elevated eruptive activity with frequent ash plumes to 10km, fire fountaining and lahars.
1990’s Eruptions continue. One eruption created ash falls over 100km away.
2000-2005 A significant eruption (VEI=3) occurred on Dec, 2000.
2006 Eruptive activity increases with the biggest eruption since 1999.
2007 After a temporary decline in activity, new eruptive activity commenced again in 2007.
2015 Almost constant eruptive activity and regular lahars.
2017 Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued an ash eruption warning.
2023 Eruption. Washington (VAAC) issued an ash advisory, with a plume rising to 5km.


Tungurahua Monitoring

Please refer to IG-EPN for monitoring of this volcano.


Tungurahua Images