2nd Ecuador volcano steps up eruption

2013-07-18 08:05
Volcano erupting. (File pic: Marco Ugarte, AP)

Volcano erupting. (File pic: Marco Ugarte, AP)

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Quito - Scientists say lava flow and ash and gas emissions have intensified at a second Ecuadorean volcano, Reventador, as the full-bore eruption of the Tungurahua cone continues.

Ecuador's Geophysics Institute says the lava flow on Reventador's southern flank has increased since Saturday but poses no immediate threat to villagers in the region 100km east of the capital, Quito.

The 3 475m volcano is nearly three times that distance from Tungurahua to the southwest.

It has been roaring since Sunday, when 200 people were evacuated from its flanks and one pyroclastic blast was heard as far away as the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Tungurahua is 5 023m high and has been active since 1999.

Reventador had its last big eruption in November 2002.

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