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‘Throat of Fire’: One of Latin America's most active volcanos erupts, spews ash and molten rock

Published time: April 05, 2014 04:07
Edited time: April 07, 2014 10:35

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Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupted on Friday, spewing a huge column of molten rock and ash which surged 10 kilometers (six miles) above the volcano's crater following two strong explosions.

Pyroclastic material, a fast-moving current of hot gas and rock, flowed out of the northern and northwestern regions of the volcano, Geophysical Insitute of Ecuador’s National Polytechnic School reported. The Institute continues to monitor the situation, as tremors are ongoing.

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ashes near Banos, south of Quito, April 4, 2014.(Reuters / Carlos Campana)

Five moderate explosions were also registered on Friday.

The 5,023-meter volcano, referred to as the ‘Throat of Fire,' is located in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes of central Ecuador and is the one of most active volcanos in South America and Ecuador.

Tungurahua had been quiet since October 2013 before resuming eruptions in February.

The volcano has been active since 1999, with the worst eruption occurring in 2006, when it killed four people and left two others missing.

Comments (27)


Ruddi Saad 08.04.2014 13:25

here in Brazil we gotta 4 earthquakes last 3 days in Montes Claros - MG , 4.2 on r scale... and we dont have earthquakes here.


Darren Hoffmann 07.04.2014 23:51

Voice of Russia 06.04.2014 19:40

In the near future Yellowstone blows and the United States will end. World breathe easy!


Last time Yellowstone "blew" the world went into an Ice Age. Doesn't sound too thrilling to me.


Stephen Persaud 07.04.2014 05:28

"Chi" release

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