30 April 2011, 07:42

In Ecuador, about 300 people evacuated due to volcanic eruption

In Ecuador, about 300 people evacuated due to volcanic eruption

The eruption of Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has led to evacuation of about 300 people. The volcano is spurting clouds of dust and huge boulders. Some of them were found at a distance of more than 2 kilometers from the mountain. The land adjacent to Tungurahua is sparsely populated, but there are some settlements.

The eruption of Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has led to evacuation of about 300 people. The volcano is spurting clouds of dust and huge boulders.

Some of them were found at a distance of more than 2 kilometers from the mountain. The land adjacent to Tungurahua is sparsely populated, but there are some settlements. Most schools and other public institutions have been closed for the third day now, with residents having fled their homes.

Ash clouds hang ominously over the largest city in the vicinity of the volcano, Banyos - a major tourist center. Tungurahua volcano is located in the Sangay National Park, and has shown signs of activity since 1999. The largest of its eruptions were recorded in 2006 and 2008, RBC reports.  

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