Tungurahua volcano ash affects crops in Ecuador .
28 FEBRUARY 2016. The Ecuadorian authorities reported that the Tungurahua volcano expelled a column of gas and ash for a second day, which reached three kilometers above the crater, affecting crops in the Andean center of Ecuador.
The Geophysical Institute (IG) said in a bulletin that activity in the volcano is moderate, in the last hours is characterized by small explosions, and continuous emission of gas and ash whose maximum height is 3 kilometers.
“Yesterday pyroclastic flows were recorded, advantageously these did not affect populated areas, nor cultivated areas,” said the director of the IG, Mario Ruiz.
Ruiz added that the volcano is manifesting its activity with explosions with ash emissions but with a variable behavior.
For its part, the Risk Management Secretariat on Friday raised the alert yellow to orange in the areas surrounding the volcano, which at night threw incandescent rocks.
A local reported to AFP, that in Cahuají village, in the province of Chimborazo, ash covered the roofs of houses, gardens and crops.
The latest press release from IGPN.
STATE OF THE VOLCANO TUNGURAHUA No. 5 9
Sunday, February 28, 2016
SUMMARY OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE VOLCANO.
The volcanic activity is moderate, and, in the last hours is characterized by small explosions and a continuous emission of gas, steam with a moderate to high contents of ash to a height of 2 km towards West.
ANNEX TECHNICAL AND OBSERVATIONS.
From 11:00 (TL) yesterday until 11:00 (TL) today, it was recorded 40 events long period (LP), 10 episodes of tremor emission (TREM) 5 episodes of harmonic tremor (TRA) and 11 explosions (EXP).
Observations, emissions and ashes:
An explosion at 2:13 p.m. TL was recorded yesterday, which generated a 4km column with a moderate to high ash contents that moved westward.
During the night, the volcano remained partially clear , a glow was observed with block projections on the sides of the volcano, up to 1 km below the crater, explosions generated steam emissions, gas and ash to a height of 2 km, which drifted westward.
During the morning, the volcano remained covered, but through the clouds, it was observed a continuous emission, with a moderate to high, ash contents, between 800 and 1000m snc, to the West.
A 12h30TL yesterday we reported minor ash fall on Cotaló sectors Cahuaji down, up Cahuaji, Providence, Puela, El Altar, Chazo, Pillate and La Palestina. Today, light ash falls were reported in the sector of Palitahua and El Manzano.
Rain and lahars:
No rain was recorded in the last hours.
February 29, 2016. Tungurahua , Peru :
Sources : ULTIMOS NOTICIAS , IGEPN.
Photos : Maxiscience / Patrick Taschler