The eruption of a volcano in Ecuador’s Amazon region left several cities covered in ash on Tuesday.
The strong eruption fueled concerns of a potential health impact as the South American nation slowly emerges from a brutal coronavirus outbreak.
The Sangay volcano has had moderate eruptions for over a year that have had little impact because of its remote location, but a recent change in wind patterns has pushed ash toward the coast and affected areas including the largest city, Guayaquil.
“The ash comes out of the Sangay volcano and spreads into the Guayas province, and we see a quantity of ash that is arriving near Guayaquil,” Benjamin Bernard of the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador told reporters, referring to the province where Guayaquil is located.
Ojos de Águila @cscgye capta caída de ceniza en norte y centro de #Guayaquil por proceso eruptivo del volcán #Sangay, tengamos precaución al conducir. Trabajamos #PorTuSeguridad #EcuadorPrevenido pic.twitter.com/qHjxLqA6jx— CSCG (@cscgye) June 9, 2020
The institute said it expects minor volcanic eruptions to continue in the coming days but does not expect a major eruption.
Did you know that there is a super-volcano in Ecuador and if it erupts, the mega-eruption would wipe out the country… More volcanic eruption news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [NYT, Rasa-Informa]