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Ecuador's 'throat of fire' belches giant ash column

Published on Apr 5, 2014 1:48 PM

QUITO (AFP) - A volcano in central Ecuador spewed up a column of hot ash and smoke 10km high on Friday, increasing fears of an eruption.

Activity has been building at the Tungurahua volcano 130m south of the capital Quito since early February, and on Friday experts reported a loud explosion "that lasted for five minutes" and an expulsion of ash.

"For now ashfall is mild," said the National Secretariat for Risk Management on its Twitter account.

Tungurahua, which in the Quechua language means "throat of fire", has been erupting since 1999.

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