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Ecuador volcano spews ash plume; 200 evacuated

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot an ash plume 3.1 miles into the sky in an explosion that could be felt hundreds of miles away.






Ecuador volcano: A man walks on rocks and ashes spewed by the Tungurahua volcano near Cusua, Ecuador.
Ecuador volcano: A man walks on rocks and ashes spewed by the Tungurahua volcano Sunday, July 14, near Cusua, Ecuador.
QUITO, Ecuador — Authorities in Ecuador said at least 200 people were evacuated Sunday from near the Tungurahua volcano after it spewed an ash plume more than 3.1 miles into the air.

The regional director of the National Risk Management Secretariat, Lourdes Mayorga, said the explosion produced ash and pyroclastic flows and could be felt hundreds of miles away.

She said at least 200 people were evacuated from the zones of Cusua, Chacauco and Juive near the volcano.

Authorities declared an orange alert, which allows officials to acquire the goods and carry out works to provide humanitarian assistance if needed.

Tungurahua has been active for more than 13 years. The 16,480-foot volcano is located about 84 miles southeast of the capital, Quito.

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