The glacier summit of Cotopaxi volcano woke up this Thursday partially covered with ash after the last emissions of particles and gases expelled from its crater in the last hours, as part of the increase in internal activity that it has registered for a month.
The Geophysical Institute (IG) explained that, thanks to the cameras that surround the volcano, a layer of gray ash can be observed covering the upper part of the glacier, on the northeastern flank. This layer of ash is the result of the emission reported on Wednesday.
The ash emission had a height of between 200 and 300 meters above the level of the crater.
At 18:30 on November 23, a signal of low amplitude tremor which could have been accompanied by a slight outflow of ash in the same direction. These emissions correspond to the most probable scenario reported by the IG on November 22.
COTOPAXI for the COMMUNITY
2022-11-24 06:04:00 TL
Observation: Emission of steam, gases and low ash content
Cloud height = 800 msnc; Direction: North-East.
– Geophysical Institute (@IGecuador) November 24, 2022
The Institute added that this Thursday the output of water vapor and gases is observed with heights between 500 and 900 meters above sea level; an IG team is evaluating the situation to find out more details about the activity that occurred.
The surface trend of the Cotopaxi volcano remains as ascending.
The Risk Management Secretariat declared, on October 23, the state of yellow alert for the area of influence of that volcano. (YO)