QUERO, Ecuador, Feb 6, 2008 (AFP)
- Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano exploded into action Wednesday, spewing
red-hot lava, rocks and a 10-kilometer (six-mile) high plume of ash that
forced 1,450 people from their homes, officials said.
"The eruption is going on right
now and continues to generate pyroclastic flows" of red-hot gas, ash
and rocks down the volcano's western flank, Geophysical Institute director
Hugo Yepez told reporters.
The 5,029-meter (16,500-foot) mountain,
135 kilometers (84 miles) south of the capital Quito, began erupting with