Volcano ash blankets a third of Ecuador

2014-02-04 10:29
Mount Sinabung spews thick smoke and hot ash from its volcano in Karo. (Adek Berry, AFP)

Mount Sinabung spews thick smoke and hot ash from its volcano in Karo. (Adek Berry, AFP)

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Quito - Ash from a column thrown more than 4km high by a series of explosions from Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano has reached a third of the Andean country's 24 provinces.

The ash prompted authorities to suspend classes at some schools and temporarily close a regional airport on Sunday.

A series of 10 powerful cannon-like blasts shook the 5 023m volcano overnight and could be heard for miles.

Tungurahua is nearly 140km south of Quito.

Officials of Ecuador's geophysics institute said on Monday that since Saturday there have been no pyroclastic flows, or fast-moving, super-hot and thus deadly fluidised masses of rock fragments and gases.

Tungurahua had been quiet since October before a new series of eruptions began late last week.
Read more on:    volcanoes  |  environment

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