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Tungurahua volcano erupts - Ecuador on alert

Three towns evacuated

 

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28 Apr 11 - Ecuador declared a national alert and evacuated three towns after the Tungurahua volcano, about 80 miles southeast of Quito, began spewing lava down its flanks and into mountain settlements and villages.

A 5-mile-high column of ash generated a vast, stifling canopy of poisonous gases and smoke as villagers fled.

Damage to agricultural crops and livestock could be extensive.

"According to our observations, damages to crops, pastures and small effects to the health of people are already evident," the Ecuadorean geophysics institute said.

Tungurahua - "Throat of Fire" - was dormant for many years but became active in 1999, losing its ice cap.

Before 1999, the 16,479-foot-high mountain was covered with snow and bore a summit glacier that melted away.

See:
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2011/04/27/Ecuador-on-alert-after-volcano-erupts/UPI-13261303939575/

See also:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13204095

Hear audio:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13222759
Thanks to Wanda for this info

See comprehensive history of  Tungurahua eruptions
on John Search's Volcano Live website:
http://www.volcanolive.com/tungurahua.html
 
 



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