Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews ash high into air

By Kyle Johnson,

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupted late in the day on Friday for five minutes, spewing a plume of ash about six miles high into the air.

For the past 16 years, Ecuador's volcano has routinely erupted with increased activity coming in just the past few months, according to BBC News. The country boasts eight active volcanoes as it sits in the Pacific "Ring of Fire." Ecuador has 50 total volcanoes.

According to IANS, the northwestern and northern side of the volcano was hit with pyroclastic flows just before another eruption followed that last for four minutes.

The Geophysical Institute said that there was a third weaker eruption, which mainly spewed emissions into the air.

AFP notes that the name of the volcano, Tungurahua, means "throat of fire" in the Quechua language.

The volcano previously erupted in February, spitting out columns of ash. There was enough that it hung in the air over the capital city of Quito.

Tungurahua killed six people eight years ago after an eruption spewed lava that reached a nearby village.



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