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Reventador is an active stratovolcano which lies in the eastern Andes of Ecuador. It lies in a remote area of the national park of the same name, which is Spanish for "exploder". Since 1541 it has erupted over 25 times, although its isolated location means that many of its eruptions have gone unreported. Its most recent eruption began in 2008[3] and is ongoing as of July 4, 2017.[4] The largest historical eruption occurred in 2002.[3] During that eruption the plume from the volcano reached a height of 17 km and pyroclastic flows went up to 7 km from the cone.

Cone of Reventador in 2012 (V. Scherrer)
Highest point
Elevation3,562 m (11,686 ft) [1]
Prominence1,086 m (3,563 ft)
Coordinates0°4′39″S 77°39′21″W / 0.07750°S 77.65583°W / -0.07750; -77.65583Coordinates: 0°4′39″S 77°39′21″W / 0.07750°S 77.65583°W / -0.07750; -77.65583[1]
English translationExploder
Language of nameSpanish
Reventador is located in Ecuador
Parent rangeAndes
Mountain typeStratovolcano (active)
Volcanic arc/beltNorth Volcanic Zone
Last eruption2008 to 2018 (ongoing)[2]

On March 30, 2007, the mountain ejected ash again. The ash reached a height of about two miles (3 km, 11,000 ft). No injuries or damages were reported.[1]

The volcano's main peak lies inside a U-shaped caldera which is open towards the Amazon basin to the east. Its lavas are andesitic.

According to NOAA Aviation Weather, a Volcanic Ash Advisory was issued at 2017-10-18T 13:17:00Z for volcanic ash to 13,000 ft.

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  1. ^ a b "Reventador". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  2. ^ "Reventador volcano". 19 Feb 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Reventador Eruption History - Global Volcanism Program". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
  4. ^ "Reventador Weekly Reports - Global Volcanism Program". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2017-08-07.

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