Ecuador

Ecuador volcano spews ash again

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Ecuador's Guagua Pinchincha volcano on Friday set off one of its most powerful explosions since coming back to life last year. The volcano, located near the capital Quito, shot a cloud of vapor and ash nearly 6 feet into the sky.
Prevailing winds blew the volcanic ash away from Quito, which has experienced several ash storms since the 15,840-foot volcano began its latest series of eruptions last September. The most powerful eruption occurred last month when a cloud of dust and vapor rose 9 feet into the sky, blanketing Quito in a coat of gray ash.

Officials doubt the volcano will produce a major eruption that would threaten Quito's population of 1.4 million. The last giant eruption from Pinchincha occurred in 1660, and did not kill anyone.

Another of Ecuador's volcanoes, Tungurahua, has been smoldering since September. About 25,000 people were evacuated Oct. 16 from the tourist town of Banos and nearby villages on the volcano's slopes, 78 miles south of Quito. Scientists have warned of an imminent, violent lava eruption from Tungurahua.

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