'Throat of Fire' Volcano Blasts Molten Rock and Ash in Ecuador

Image: The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Banos, Ecuador
The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Banos, Ecuador on April 4. ANDRES REYES / AFP - Getty Images

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Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, south of Quito, on Friday. Tungurahua, a stratovolcano whose name means "Throat of Fire" in the local Quechua language, has been classified as active since 1999 and has experienced a recent increase in moderate seismic activity. Its last major eruption began on Feb. 1 this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an advisory for the ash cloud from Friday's eruption.

The Tungurahua volcano erupts near Banos, Ecuador on April 4.Carlos Campana / Reuters