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Towns of six Ecuadorian provinces were covered this Sunday with ash from the Sangay volcano, located in the Amazon region, reported the head of state, Lenin Moreno.

“We remain alert to the ashfall of the Sangay in Guayas, Los Ríos, Santa Elena, Chimborazo, Manabí and Bolívar! emergency kits to assist citizens and our farmers and ranchers, “he wrote on his Twitter account.

Security measures

According to the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School, the Sangay volcano -in the province of Morona Santiago- has registered a greater number of explosions and ash emissions more energetic than in previous months.

This morning the ash cloud ejected it reached a height of between 6 and 10 kilometers above the crater level, SNGRE said in a statement.

The National Service for Risk and Emergency Management (SNGRE) indicated that after a meeting of the Emergency Operations Committee in the town of Pallatanga (Chimborazo), it was decided to restrict the speed to 20 kilometers per hour, and the Alausí Operations Committee (Chimborazo) sbusiness activities suspended in the open air and as well as those of public and private institutions, on Monday, with the exception of security and garbage collection.

Dangerous activity

He Sangay volcano became active in 2019, but intensified the emission of ash in early June.

Of 5,300 meters of altitude, the Sangay is one of the fifty volcanoes of EcuadorMost of them are located in the Andean “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, although there are also in the Amazon region and in the Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean about a thousand kilometers from the Ecuadorian continental coasts.

Among the most active volcanoes in Ecuador are the Reventador (in the Amazon region), the Chiles-Cerro Negro (bordering Colombia), and the Tungurahua and Cotopaxi (in the central Andean region).

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