Photo taken in Ecuador, November 11th
Beginning 3rd November 2002 Reventador volcano erupted suddenly after 26 years of inactivity. As a result, lava descended along the Montana, Marquez and Piedra Fina ravines, destroying roads and highways between Quito and Lago Agrio directly affecting small agricultural producers. A 17 km high cloud of volcanic ash was produced, and over two million people were affected by the eruption. Pyroclastic flows traveled 8 km out of the breached caldera and down steep slopes to reach the Quijos river. Heavy ashfall over the provinces of Pichincha, Napo and Sucumbios led to the closing of the international airport of Quito and the shutting down of the Trans Ecuadorian oil pipeline as precautionary measures.
Two people were seriously injured by the falling material and 22 people from surrounding rural areas were evacuated. The Government of Ecuador declared a local emergency and is made preparations for the potential evacuation of 3,000 people from areas closest to the volcano, specifically from the village of El Reventador.