Friday, September 28, 2007
The clock is ticking
This is Mount Tungurahua in Equador.
A nice, sleepy volcano that rises in a perfect cone to 5016 meters. It has a sleepy little town called Banos on its sides. Tungurahua has been increasing its activity since 1999 when it melted its ice cap during recent seismic activity. This sent a torrent if mud and water called a Lahare that washed all the roads away, but missed the town.
But they still keep living in Banos. The Government did evacuate them in 1999, but couldnt really stop them returning, although it did say it was at their own risk. It'll get them one day, but until that day people will still want to live in this fertile, farming land.
As this final, fantastic photo shows - the clock is ticking!