Volcanic Ash and Ashfall in Ecuador

Johan Klok | Last update:

Ecuador regularly has to deal with ash from volcanoes, especially in the central part of the country. The nuisance is much less in the north and south.

Ash does not only irritate the respiratory system and the eyes, but it can also be toxic. It is therefore important to avoid ash as much as possible.

What to do in case of falling ash?

  • If you have respiratory problems, do not handle the ash and avoid leaving the house.
  • When leaving a building home, cover your nose with a mask and your eyes with glasses.
  • Cover water tanks to avoid contamination.
  • Close doors and windows to keep ash out of your home. Place damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources.
  • Don't store food out in the open.
  • When removing the ash, it's preferable to use a vacuum cleaner or to sweep carefully with a soft bristle broom. Use a mask when cleaning.
  • It is better not to use water because ash forms a hard paste that can clog the pipes when it dries. You can clean surfaces with water when the ash has been removed.
  • Use a separate garbage bag to dispose of ash.
  • Don't drive a vehicle if there's ash in the air. Ash can easily damage your vehicle's motor.