- Title: ECUADOR: Tungurahua Volcano spews smoke and ash
- Date: 20th August 2012
- Summary: TUNGURAHUA, ECUADOR (AUGUST 20, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO BEGINNING THEIR DAY VARIOUS OF VOLCANIC ASH ON CORN CROPS VARIOUS OF TUNGURAHUA VOLCANO ERUPTING VARIOUS OF SEISMOGRAPHS AT GEOPHYSICAL INSTITUTE REGISTERING VOLCANIC ACTIVITY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ENGINEER FROM THE GEOPHYSICAL INSTITUTE, SILVIA VALLEJO, SAYING: "The noises were heard in areas near the volcano and it also rattled the ground and some buildings in areas close to the volcano." VARIOUS OF POLICE BLOCKING ACCESS TO AREAS AT RISK FROM VOLCANO VARIOUS OF THE 'LOS PAJAROS' AREA NEAR THE VOLCANO
- Embargoed: 4th September 2012 13:00
- Location: Ecuador
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Disasters
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- Story Text: Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano rumbled to life on Sunday (August 19) causing alarm amongst some residents living in the towering volcanoes surroundings.
Volcanologists registered nine explosions which rattled the area and sent a plume of ash and vapour about two kilometers above the lofty crater.
Falling volcanic ash blanketed areas to the west of the Tungurahua volcano which stands 5,023 metres (16,480 feet) some 135 kilometres (some 80 miles) south of Quito.
"The noises were heard in areas near the volcano and it also rattled the ground and some buildings in areas close to the volcano," said Silvia Vallejo, an engineer from the Geophysical Institute.
Hazy weather made it difficult to view the volcano but there were reports of deposits from pyroclastic and lava flows down its sides prompting police to block access to areas around the base of the volcano.
The activity has so far been moderate and has not led to any damaging landslides.
The Tungurahua has been active for the last 12 years.
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