Ecuador volcano registers ‘strong explosion’
QUITO – Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano, which has been rumbling on and off since 1999, registered a “strong explosion” Sunday, belching ash and gases skyward, the Geophysics Institute reported.
It issued an “orange alert,” the second highest warning level under red.
The explosion at the volcano on the eastern Andean range, soaring over 5,000 meters (16,000 feet), came at 0647 local time (1147 GMT) and was heard even in the city of Guayaquil on the Pacific.
The gas and dust could be seen as far away as the capital Quito, about 153 kilometers (95 miles) north of the volcano.
Its name means “Throat of Fire” in the indigenous Quechua language.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94