Patricia Mothes, from the Geophysical Institute at the Guadalupe Observatory said that the Tungurahua volcano’s activity level dropped from strong to moderate with roars and emission of columns of two to three kilometers above the crater, mostly with steam and with little white ash content.
The abundant ash fall, along with the winds, has affected farmers and ranchers in areas like Runtún (east of Baños). At the foot of the mountain, farmers are struggling to feed animals because of the ash on the grass, while regretting that the milk production has dropped by 50%.
Mothes said that today dawned with a moderate level, which means that it is a temporary pause; therefore they cannot make predictions because the mountain is rapidly changing and it all depends on gas pressurization or type of conduit. For that reason the alert remains until further notice.