Ecuador: Volcanic ash falls on dozens of towns

2015-11-20 08:56
Tungurahua volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from Ojos del Volcan, Ecuador. (Dolores Ochoa, AP)

Tungurahua volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from Ojos del Volcan, Ecuador. (Dolores Ochoa, AP)

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Quito - Volcano monitors say about a dozen farming villages have been dusted with ash due to bursts from Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano.

The Geophysics Institute says clouds of gas and ash have risen as high as 2 500m above the crater, producing "a strong fall of dark gray ash" over some settlements.

Thursday's report comes a day after authorities imposed new precautionary measures around the volcano, which has been increasingly restive.

The 5 023m volcano is located about 140km south of the capital, Quito, and close to the tourist city of Banos.

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