Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano prompts evacuations
Published: December 17, 2012 05:11PM
Updated: December 17, 2012 05:11PM
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Church steeples are silhouetted against the active Tungurahua volcano, seen from Huambalo, Ecuador, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The country's National Geophysics Institute says that a constant plume of gas and ash is rising about half a mile (1 kilometer) above the crater, with ash falling on nearby communities. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Quito, Ecuador • Repeated explosions are rocking Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano, which is also shooting out chunks of molten rock.

The country’s National Geophysics Institute says that a constant plume of gas and ash is rising about half a mile (1 kilometer) above the crater on Monday, with ash falling on nearby communities. Some of those towns are being evacuated for safety.

The renewed eruption began last week and plumes on Sunday rose as high as 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the 16,479-foot (5,023-meter) crater.

The Associated Press