Sunday, May 30, 2010

Tungurahua Volcano activity in Ecuador

Tungurahua is an active stratovolcano located in the Cordillera Central of Ecuador. The volcano gives its name to the province of Tungurahua. Volcanic activity restarted in 1999 and is ongoing as of 2010 with major eruptions on 16 August 2006, 6 February 2008, and 28 May 2010.

The Tungurahua volcano registered large activity on May 28.
Two eruptions were felt at 8:47 and 11:00 AM, and provoked a great outpouring of ash that reached the provinces of Guayas, Los Rios, Chimborazo and Bolivar, as well as affecting cities like Baños, Penipe, Guayaquil and Babahoyo in Sierra and Costa.
The Tungurahua began its activity in 1994 and had hit Baños in 1999.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Trancoso Mangrove - Porto Seguro - Brazil

Colorful Houses in the Quadrado - Trancoso - Porto Seguro - Brazil

Quadrado in Trancoso - Porto Seguro - Brazil

Quadrado is the main square in Trancoso that is divided by colorfull houses and a white little church overseeing the Atlantic Ocean. The Quadrado, colorfull houses and Church are UNESCO protected.

Trancoso Panoramic - Porto Seguro - Bahia - Brazil

Trancoso is a town in the municipality of Porto Seguro in the state of Bahia, Brazil. The region was the landing point of the Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvares Cabral into Brazil, on April 21, 1500. It was founded by Jesuit Priests on 1583, with the name of Saint John Baptist of the Indians.
Shaped as a rectangle, the village retains the original style of its housing architecture. It is famous for its beaches, such as Praia dos Nativos, Praia dos Coqueiros and Praia do Espelho. In recent years the location has been developed by the hotel industry, including the French Club Mediterranée, which has boosted real estate value.
The federal Ministry of the Environment is currently expanding several National Parks and Natural Reserves nearby with the goal of preserving remaining areas of Atlantic Rain Forest. In addition, Trancoso is located at the starting point of a state Environmental Protection Area, the APA Caraíva-Trancoso, whose goal is to curtail touristic and economical development in the region, thereby minimizing negative impacts that may harm this biosphere.
As in most of Brazil, the population is a mixture of native, African and Portuguese or other European descendants. In recent years, "winter birds" such as Canadians, Italians, Portuguese, Dutch, Greeks, Israeli, and other have purchased homes, bed and breakfast, restaurants, and stores here or in other Porto Seguro sections, such as Arraial d'Ajuda and eventually settled down in Trancoso.
The main square is known as 'Quadrado', although it is rectangular. To its east is a sixteenth century Catholic Church dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist.
On January 20 the 'Quadrado' celebrates a popular party in recognition of its patron, Saint Sebastian, during which the natives sing and play drums and guitars. The main verse is: "São Sebastião, hoje chegou o dia, viemos festejar com toda alegria" (Saint Sebastian, today the day has come, we came to celebrate with all our heart (or joy));

source (text): Wikipedia - Trancoso