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Tungurahua volcano erupts

Posted by feww on April 27, 2011

Ecuador declares ORANGE alert after ash eruption at Tungurahua

The 5,023m volcano ejected a plume of ash about 7-km asl, in one of its half dozen eruptions,  the Ecuadorean geophysics institute said.

The authorities  have issued evacuation orders for residents in the villages of Bilbao, Chacauco and Cusua and other communities near Tungurahua, which translates into “Throat of Fire.”

A Tungurahua eruption in 2006 killed at least six people in the Chimborazo province, according to records.

“According to our observations, damages to crops, pastures and small effects to the health of people are already evident,” the country’s geophysics institute said.

Tungurahua volcano near the city Banos south of Quito, Ecuador. A fountain of lava erupted, spewing molten rocks to about 2 km above the crater, the Geological Institute in Quito reported. Dec. 4, 2010. AFP Photo. Image may be subject to copyright. Click here for more images.

Snow-capped Tungurahua, photographed from near the town of Baños. Photo by Minard Hall, 1976 (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito) via GVP.

Tungurahua is located about 135 kilometers (84 miles) south of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador  (Group D – see map).

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