Volcano Tungurahua - August 2006

The Tunguarahua volcano in Ecuador erupted on 16 August, and continued overnight before diminishing the following day. Massive clouds of ash, steam and gas (approximately 8 km high), as well as abundant lava and pyroclastic flows descended through Achupashal, Cusúa, Mandur, Bascún, Juive Grande and La Hacienda rifts.

The villages of Chilibu, Choglontuz and Palitagua were severely damaged.  Volcanic material was also reported in Baños and  blocked the Chambo and Puela rivers producing a dam and putting several communities at risk. The provinces of Los Ríos and Bolívar were also severely affected by ash fall.


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A short technical guide focused on the principal health hazards of volcanic eruptions, together with the basic planning measures the health sector can and should take to reduce potential effects.

Natural Disasters: Protecting the Public's Health PAHO’s flagship publication on managing the health effects of disasters, it has been translated into several languages.

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