Villages Evacuated As Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano Erupts

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano erupted 3 times last Saturday prompting the evacuation of local villages.

Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute reports that two moderate explosions on Saturday were followed by a third of greater size, and pyroclastic flow stretched 500 meters down its flank. The eruption created a 8 kilometre column of ash above the volcano, which is located 135 kilometres southeast of the capital, Quito.

Tungurahua is a 5023m high stratovolcano and is one of South America’s most active volcanoes. Since 2000, a new lava dome has been growing in its summit crater.


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