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Followed earthquakes cause concern to the inhabitants of Carchi

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In less than twelve hours, two earthquakes were recorded that were felt in Tulcán, and in towns in other provinces of Ecuador.

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On Thursday, September 29, at 6:02 p.m., the first telluric movement had a magnitude of 4.7, with an epicenter in Shushufindi (Sucumbíos), the same one that alarmed the inhabitants of Tulcán, San Gabriel, El Ángel, in Carchi, and Ibarra, in Imbabura.

While this Friday the 20th, at 05:46, a second tremor of 4.1, with an epicenter in Cumbal (Colombia), 9.3 km from the capital of Carcha, woke up the people of Tulcan.

The Cumbal volcano is in front of the Chiles – Cerro Negro volcanic complex, and can be seen from this border city (Tulcán).

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Residents of the border sectors of Tufiño (Ecuador) and Chiles (Colombia), which are 21 km from the Colombian town of Cumbal, reported that after 15 days they felt an earthquake of these characteristics again (4.1).

Marlon Paspuezán, president of the Tufiño Parish Government explained that at that time a significant number of parishioners were working in livestock and agricultural activities or were leaving their homes to carry out their work activities.

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“It was strong, but the people who were in their houses did not come out, noticing a certain calm,” said the authority, who commented that no material damage or affectation has been reported so far.

The Geophysical Institute (IG) of the National Polytechnic, in charge of monitoring the Chiles-Cerro Negro volcanic construction, informed the authorities of that parish a few days ago that the seismicity is decreasing.

María Tatamuéz, a farmer from the area, said that at the time of the second tremor she was milking when suddenly the dogs began to bark and she would have been shaken when she was extracting milk.

In Tulcán, through social networks and the media, they reported on the natural phenomenon and the location of the epicenter, in the neighboring country a few kilometers away. After presenting two movements in a row, fear returned in the population again.

The Chiles volcano wants to open a mouth, because it only has holes or vents through which materials come out, say technicians

From the ECU 911 Tulcán they indicated that no calls for damages or consultations were received, nor was an evacuation to the safe points visualized, after the movement with a core in the border town of Cumbal.

Marco Almeida, from the Geophysical Institute, explained that the seismicity of the Chile Cerro Negro volcanic complex has decreased for two months and that from 1,000 aftershocks it dropped to 100, at the moment the trend is not worrying; however, they carry out surveillance of the colossus.

Referring to the Cumbal volcano, the technician pointed out that it has always been active. This snow-capped mountain is a stratovolcano located in the town of the same name, with an altitude of 4,764 meters above sea level, it is considered the highest point in the department (Nariño).

The volcano presents fumarolic activity at its summit, which is sighted from Tulcán, however, it has not presented any important activity since 1930, according to the Pasto Volcanological Observatory.

On January 28, 2002, a TAME Boeing 727-134 aircraft, which was flying the Quito – Tulcán – Cali route, when it was preparing to make a stopover at the Luis Mantilla airport in Tulcán, due to bad weather conditions, got lost and crashed. with the Cumbal, dying all the passengers and crew.

On July 25 of this year, at 08:33, an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 was recorded, identified 17.8 km from San Gabriel, which was felt in 26 cantons of the country and with greater force in five of the province of Carchi. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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