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March 2, 2021

Volcano erupts in Ecuador

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano erupted Saturday, sending ash and lava spewing nearly a mile into the sky. Residents evacuated the area after the country’s National Agency of Risk Control issued a “red alert.” The warning was later downgraded to orange, as the volcano became less active. Activity at Tungurahua – which means “throat of fire” in the native Quechua language —peaked Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the Geological Institute in Quito. The volcano is 140 km south of Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

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