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Ecuador Volcano Erupts, Blasts Out Ash, Incandescent Rock

April 5, 2014

By EFE Ingles

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A powerful explosion in Ecuador`s Tungurahua volcano kicked off an eruption lasting five minutes with emissions of pulverized incandescent rock and a column of ash that rose 6 miles above the crater, the Geophysical Institute reported.

The blast came at 6:10 p.m. Friday, and the pyroclastic flows of hot pulverized rock poured down the volcano`s northwestern and northern ravines, the institute said.

At 6:16 came another eruption that lasted four minutes, while at 6:24 there was a slight tremor with continuous emissions, according to the institute, which added that during the day there were five explosions of moderate intensity.

The Geophysical Institute keeps a strict watch on the seismic activity of the volcano, whose eruption process began in 1999 and has been characterized by interspersing temblors of great activity with periods of relative calm.

Tungurahua, which rises 16,456 feet high in the central Ecuadorian Andes, is one of the more than 50 volcanoes in the country

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(c) 2014 EFE News Services (U.S.) Inc.

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Story image: The Tungurahua volcano spews a column of ash as seen from Ambato, Ecuador, Friday, April 4, 2014. The volcano spewed a 6-mile column of ash after a powerful five-minute explosion that shot pyroclastic material onto its northern and northwestern flanks.

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