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Sangay volcano (Ecuador): spectacular eruption; emissions to 40,000 ft

Mon, 21 Sep 2020, 09:47 09:47 AM | BY: MARTIN
Ash column visible from aircraft (image: @dani100sweet/twitter)
Ash column visible from aircraft (image: @dani100sweet/twitter)
Affected area by volcanic ash from Sangay eruption yesterday (image: IGEPN)
Affected area by volcanic ash from Sangay eruption yesterday (image: IGEPN)
Ash fall from Sangay volcano (image: @RTSEcuador/twitter)
Ash fall from Sangay volcano (image: @RTSEcuador/twitter)
Seismic record of Sangay volcano on 20 September (image: IGEPN)
Seismic record of Sangay volcano on 20 September (image: IGEPN)
A powerful eruption at 04:20 local time occurred yesterday that generated a dense dark ash plume, which reached approx. 40,000 ft (12,200 m) altitude and drifted towards the east and west direction. The explosion was a few times stronger than the average size of explosions at the volcano during the previous months.
Ash fall affected an area of the provinces of Chimborazo, Bolívar (1-3 mm ash layers), Guayas Los Ríos, Santa Elena and Manabí.
Source: Instituto Geofísico volcano activity update 21 September 2020

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Sangay volcano
Stratovolcano 5230 m (17,159 ft)
Ecuador, -2°S / -78.34°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Sangay volcano eruptions:
1934-ongoing (as of 2020), 1728-1916, 1628 (first observation) - ?
Typical eruption style
Explosive. In historic time: frequent, intermittent strombolian activity
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