Ecuadorians Flee as Tungurahua Volcano Erupts

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano hurled truck-size pyroclastic boulders more than a mile in a powerful eruption that prompted at least 300 people to flee their homes, authorities said. 


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Tungurahua is one of South America's most active volcanoes. Since 2000, a new lava dome has been growing in its summit crater. Tungurahua's activity has been characterized by frequent powerful ash explosions, producing ash plumes of several kilometers height as well as dangerous pyroclastic flows. Part of the population around its base has been evacuated.

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