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Ecuador: Quito on Orange Alert After Tungurahua Volcano Eruption

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | December 20th, 2012 | Trackback

The Tungurahua volcano, located near the tourist community of Baños, 85 miles southeast of Quito, began to erupt last week and remains in a state of heightened activity. People living on the slopes of the mountain had to be evacuated after a series of loud explosions sent a plume of smoke and ash up from the crater. The government has issued an orange alert, its second-highest warning level, for the area and the U.S. Embassy in Quito has advised Americans living or traveling in Ecuador to monitor local news outlets for updates. Past eruptions of Tungurahua have disrupted air travel into and out of Ecuador, as well as domestic flights.

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