Latin America & Caribbean

Ecuador volcano throws up spectacular ash plume

The Tungurahua volcano erupting is seen from Banos, Ecuador on April 4 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Tungurahua means "Throat of Fire" in the local Quechua language

A volcano just south of Ecuador's capital Quito has erupted, creating a spectacular plume of ash, 10km (six miles) high.

The Tungurahua volcano created the huge cloud on Friday in an eruption that lasted just five minutes.

The volcano has been erupting since 1999, but has been particularly active in the last two months.

Tungurahua is one of eight active volcanoes in Ecuador, which lies in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.

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Media captionFootage of the volcano's plume of smoke
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Image caption The view from Banos has looked almost apocalyptic at times
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Image caption The nearby town of Banos has been repeatedly evacuated because of eruptions in recent years