Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ecuador could face more volcanic eruptions

Ecuador’s 16,575-foot Tungurahua volcano spewed ash and incandescent rocks yesterday as experts warned that a more violent eruption is likely.

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.

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