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

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rocks and large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, south of Quito, on Friday.
Image: The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Banos, Ecuador
The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Banos, Ecuador on April 4. ANDRES REYES / AFP - Getty Images

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