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Tungurahua volcano erupts in Ecuador

Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 00:52

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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Tungurahua volcano erupts in Ecuador

Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 00:52