Volcano in spectacular eruption
The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has spewed a six-mile column of ash into the air after a powerful, five-minute explosion.
Ecuador's geophysics institute said yesterday's blast occurred at 6.10pm local time and was followed by a second, four-minute explosion and five lesser tremors.
The 16,480-foot volcano, nearly 90 miles south of Quito, revived on February 1, with eruptions that affected a third of Ecuador's provinces and temporarily closed a regional airport.
Tungurahua has been erupting sporadically since 1999. In 2006, a toxic cloud killed four people and left two missing.