Volcano spews 10km ash plume in Ecuador
Eruptions just south of capital Quito create spectacular column of ash
Tungurahua volcano has created a spectacular column of ash.
Ecuador’s geophysics institute said yesterday’s blast occurred at 6.10pm local time and was followed by a second, four-minute explosion and five lesser tremors.
The 16,480-foot volcano, nearly 145km (90m) south of Quito, revived on February 1st, with eruptions that affected a third of Ecuador’s provinces and temporarily closed a regional airport.
Tungurahua has been erupting sporadically since 1999.
In 2006, a toxic cloud killed four people and left two missing.