Feb. 2 - A series of explosions send ash and fire into the sky above Banos, Ecuador, as tourists catch the eruption of Tungurahua. Nathan Frandino reports.
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As smoke billows into the sky, fireballs and rocks shoot from inside Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano.
The spectacular mountain explosions attract dozens of tourists at a nearby look out point.
Massive eruptions sent ash eight kilometers into the air.
Nevertheless, things remain normal in the town of Banos.
Here's Banos Mayor Jose Luis Freire:
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BANOS MAYOR JOSE LUIS FREIRE SAYING:
"The working groups have already mobilized. We have activated five shelters; the road from Puyo to Banos has been closed with the intent to firstly evacuate the personnel, however, not under an obligatory manner."
The town has activated a contingency plan in case the volcano gets worse.
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