Ecuador's Volcano Registers Seismic Activity

QUITO (April 17 ) XINHUA - Ecuador's Guagua Pichincha Volcano, 10 kilometers west of Quito, registered in recent hours seismic activity and sulphur emanations, more intense than normal, said Monday experts.

According to volcanologists of Geophysical Institute of National Polytechnic School (IGEPN), it is possible Guagua Pichiuncha registers a great explosion in forthcoming days or weeks.

From this volcano's crater, reaching 4,794 meters high, 59 avalanches of rocks with temperatures reaching 500 degrees centigrade have occurred.

Experts said the volcano let off on Sunday vapors in shape of clouds reaching around 500 meters high.

Another volcano, the Tungurahua, discharged on Sunday rocks and magma, according to IGEPN experts, who exhorted inhabitants of nearby towns to keep alert.


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Received by NewsEdge Insight: 04/17/2000 16:32:41