Saturday, February 16, 2008
Ecuador could face more volcanic eruptions
Tungurahua shot a three-mile column of ash into the sky, and fiery rocks rolled down its flanks. On Wednesday, it blasted ash 6 miles into the air.
“The volcano continues to be very unstable,” Hugo Yepes, the director of Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute said, adding that there are “strong possibilities” that a stronger eruption will occur. Civil Defense officials said they have evacuated 1,500 villagers living near Tungurahua’s flanks.