Saturday, April 5, 2014

Ecuador's spectacular volcanic eruption spews six-mile column of ash into the sky

The Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador erupted twice yesterday night. The volcano is pictured spewing six miles / 10 kilometres into the air with hot ash and smoke. Ecuador's geophysics institute said the first blast occurred at 6.10pm local time and was followed by a second, four-minute explosion and five lesser tremors.

Image source: Diego Paredes Bravo

Tungurahua, which in the Quechua language means “throat of fire,” has been erupting since 1999 and is one of eight active volcanoes in Ecuador.

Image source: Gabriel Guerrero

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