Ecuador Volcano Eruption Ash Rises to 10 Kilometers above Crater

Friday marked a series of volcanic eruptions with the highest eruption from the Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano. The Tungurahua volcano spewed up pulverized incandescent rock and a column of ash to a height of 10 km above the crater. The volcano is at an elevation of 5,016 meters in the central Ecuadorian Andes and is one of the more than 50 volcanoes in the country.

The five minute emission from one of eight active volcanoes in Ecuador was followed by another four minute eruption from other volcano, which led to the slight tremor with continuous emission of molten lava and pulverized incandescent rock. The National Secretariat for Risk Management said the current intensity of ash fall is mild.

Ecuador is a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire which makes it prone to seismic and volcanic events. The eruption of the Tungurahua volcano raised fear among villagers and locals in Banos, a tourist town located on the slopes of the volcano.

The process of volcanic eruptions in the central Ecuadorian Andes began in 1999 and is characterized by interspersing temblors of great activity with periods of relative calm. Similar incident of volcanic eruption took place in 2006, which caused the death of six people in nearby village.