Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Sangay
in Ecuador

Event summary

Volcanic eruption Sangay can have a low humanitarian impact based on the exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID VO 352090
Name: Sangay
Lat/Lon: -2.005 , -78.341
Event Date: 21 Sep 2020 00:00 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 19000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 1530000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 3
Population Exposure Index PEI: 3
Inserted at: 10 Jun 2020 09:32 UTC

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Ecuador - Sangay volcanic eruption (ECHO 11 Jun 2020)Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:03

  • Sangay volcano, located in central Ecuador, started an eruptive phase on 8 June. A pyroclastic flow descended trough the south-east flank (río Volcán) and an ash column up to 7,000 metres high moved southwestward. 
  • Widespread ashfall reached the provinces of Chimborazo, Los Ríos, Guayas, Santa Elena and Morona Santiago.
  • According to media reports, the Guayaquil airport (Guayas Province) suspended flights on 9 June and roads were closed to traffic in some parts of Los Rios and Chimborazo provinces .
  • People have been advised to not stay close to the danger area and to wear the masks in the ashfall affected areas.
Ecuador - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 21 Nov 2019)Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:03

  • On 17 November, Sangay volcano erupted an ash plume approximately 1 km above the crater, moving in a south-east direction.
  • According to the National Risk and Emergency Management Service of Ecuador, widespread ash has been reported in Macas City (Morona-Santiago Province) and in surrounding localities.
  • The National Risk and Emergency Management Service and the Geophysical Institute are monitoring the volcano.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

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Latest media headlines

Articles: 22 | About casualties: 0 | Last hour: 0

Eruzione del vulcano Sangay in Ecuador: le ceneri provocano danni in a ... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:17:00 +0200.

L’eruzione del vulcano Sangay , in Ecuador , ha immesso in atmosfera un’ingente quantità di ceneri , che ricadendo hanno provocato danni in almeno 6 province del Paese , relativamente a oltre 80mila ettari di coltivazioni. La Segreteria per
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Watch Now: Ecuadorians clear ash after volcano eruption, and more of t ... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 01:06:00 +0200.

Residents in Cebadas, Ecuador, worked to get rid of ash after the Sanjay volcano erupted Monday, flash flooding hit Houston Monday night after Tropical Storm Beta landed in the area, wine makers in California are feeling the effects of wild
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Watch Now: Ecuadorians clear ash after volcano eruption, and more of t ... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:12:00 +0200.

Residents in Cebadas, Ecuador, worked to get rid of ash after the Sanjay volcano erupted Monday, flash flooding hit Houston Monday night after Tropical Storm Beta landed in the area, wine makers in California are feeling the effects of wild
...(more)
Watch Now: Ecuadorians clear ash after volcano eruption, and more of t ... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:08:00 +0200.

Residents in Cebadas, Ecuador, worked to get rid of ash after the Sanjay volcano erupted Monday, flash flooding hit Houston Monday night after Tropical Storm Beta landed in the area, wine makers in California are feeling the effects of wild
...(more)

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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Exposed population

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (30), (1), INGV (2), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),