A new study shows that a large volcano in Ecuador is showing early warning signs of possible collapse,media CNET reported. The study, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, suggests that the “black giant” Tungurawa volcano shows signs of instability, which could lead to massive collapses and major damage to the region. The researchers note that volcanic activity has caused the Tungurawa volcano to “deform” and must be monitored to see more signs of collapse.
“Using satellite data, we observed that the western side of the Tungurawa volcano was facing very rapid deformation, and our study showed that this was due to the imbalance between the magma provided and the spewing magma,” lead researcher and lecturer James Hickey of the University of Exeter’s School of Geophysics told Phys.org.
The Tungurawa volcano has been in constant activity since 1999. About 3,000 years ago, an eruption caused the same side of the volcano to collapse, and now it may be beginning to collapse again. Despite the risk of collapse, the volcano is likely to remain stable, the researchers said.