Tungurahua: burning clouds descended at great speed. 25,000 affected.

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Tungurahua volcano eruption affected about 25,000 Ecuadorians The government declared an orange alert on 26 April, six days after the volcano reactivated, causing explosions and emitting a column of ash that at times reached 8 km altitude. Still indicate that "we do not expect to declare a state of emergency", highlight the authorities. EL UNIVERSAL Monday May 2, 2011 08:00 PM Quito .- The eruption of Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador, located in the center of the Andean country already affected 25,000 people, reported Monday Felipe Bazan, deputy director of response from the Secretariat of Risk. Among those affected by the secretariat posted to the inhabitants of areas near the Tungurahua, people who perform work in that area and residents of villages where the ash is coming volcano ejected, Efe reported. The government declared an orange alert on 26 April, six days after the Tungurahua volcano reactivated, causing explosions and emitting a column of ash that at times reached the 8 km. high. The volcano's activity has caused the evacuation of some populations of the region, in the canton Baths, affecting air navigation in the area. Monica Segovia, a seismologist from the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador (EPN), told Efe that in the last hour "has lowered the level of intensity" of Tungurahua, although specific to the emission of ashes "still worrying" and that is why the alert level remains moderate to high. The latest measurements were made this morning and found a column of ash of 4 km. tall with a "moderate level" of the substance, said Segovia. According to the seismologist, twelve people side "northwest of the volcano" are most affected by ash-spewing volcano. Segovia said he is working based on two scenarios. The first is that the volcano continues to emit "ash abundant" and the second is to "produce a higher rate of magma supply, leading to stronger and loaded columns of ash" that could lead to "pyroclastic flows," said Segovia . Pyroclastic flows are a mixture of hot gases and solids (several hundred degrees centigrade) to form pyroclastic lava flows, also called 'burning clouds', descended from the flanks of the volcano moving at high speeds. The seismologist said that there are "a 50% chance" that occurs either scenario. For its part, the National Risk Management of Ecuador announced on Monday the shipment of 1,400 packages with food staples, which are in addition to the 3,000 already sent and the 6,900 pending shipment. "These you must add the 'kits' of hygiene and cleaning and were sent to this site and are being distributed to the community," said Bazan. By submitting this Monday, valued at $ 130,000 have been distributed for the moment, 4,400 packages of 22 kilos with basic food typical of the region such as rice, sugar, beans and oil, designed to feed a family of five Member for eight days. Bazan said that they are meeting the needs "of well over 50% of those affected" and did not rule out reaching 100% of the population of the area if necessary. According to Bazan, humanitarian aid is justified because "there is an involvement" and "emergency rule". "We expect to declare a state of emergency - said - there are not selling shopkeepers, farmers who have lost their culture and therefore we are intervening because they have already damaged the cycles of action and production," he said. Bazan recalled that "the situation is under control" and that the main victims are "women, children, elderly people and disabled people." Tungurahua, of 5,016 meters above sea level and located 135 kilometers south of Quito, began its current eruptive process in 1999 and has since periods of high activity interspersed with periods of relative calm.