Watch: Volcanic ash turns sky black in Ecuador

Web Report/Riobamba
Filed on March 13, 2021 | Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 03.00 pm

Videos show skies after an 8-kilometre ash plume erupted from the Sangay volcano.

Residents of the Ecuadorean city of Riobamba awoke to darkened skies on Thursday as clouds of ash pluming out of the Sangay volcano in the Amazon region spread and coated several towns further west.

Videos on social media capture the aftermath of an ash plume that had risen to 8,480 metres above the volcano’s crater on Thursday.

Authorities cancelled events in Chimborazo province and recommended residents stay in their homes.

Ecuador, part of the Pacific Rim’s “Ring of Fire” region prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, has eight volcanoes in its territory.

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