Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is activated

Ecuadorian authorities urged residents near the Tungurahua volcano to evacuate after a rapid increase in volcanic activity. Geophysical Institute of the National Technology School said the Tungurahua volcano shows signs of activity at about 7:35 am local time on Monday. Roar from the volcano was heard up to 14 kilometers (8.6 miles).

In recent days, significantly increased the activity of the volcano Tungurahua, located 135 km south of the capital of Ecuador, Quito. The authorities are preparing to evacuate people from the nearby to the "fire throat" of settlements.

Tungurahua volcano has entered a phase of the eruption last Sunday. On Monday, due to the increase of his power Ecuadorian authorities have increased the level of danger to the penultimate stage, which provides absolute readiness of the army and police to evacuate people from the disaster area.

Since then, the Institute of Geophysics of Ecuador registered four tremors and ash column height of three kilometers. For local residents the most dangerous lava coming down the western slope of "Throat of Fire", the translation of the name of the mountain with the local language. The streets of some settlements buried ashes. However, local residents are not in a hurry to leave their homes, keeping calm. They argue that in the twelve years of the volcanic activity, have become accustomed to the constant earthquakes and ash emissions.

Tungurahua volcano height 5023 m is located at 135 kilometers from the capital of Ecuador. He is believed to act and demonstrate its activity about once every 80 years. The last such period began in 1999 and continues to this day. In the vicinity of the volcano are several settlements, including the tourist attraction of Ecuador — Baños town, home to 15,000 people. The largest eruption occurred in August 2006, February 2008 and April 2010.

Source: upfrontnewswire.com

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