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Ecuador authorities issue warning as Tungurahua volcano spews ash, gas

The volcano spews ash towards the nearby town of Banos on August 21, 2012.
The volcano spews ash towards the nearby town of Banos on August 21, 2012.Gary Granja / Reuters
The Tungurahua volcano spews a large cloud of ash towards the nearby town of Bilbao, Ecuador, in the early hours of August 21, 2012.
The Tungurahua volcano spews a large cloud of ash towards the nearby town of Bilbao, Ecuador, in the early hours of August 21, 2012.Gary Granja / Reuters

The volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, about 110 miles south of Quito, on August 20, 2012.
The volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, about 110 miles south of Quito, on August 20, 2012.Carlos Campana / Reuters

The volcano spews ash towards the nearby town of Banos on August 21, 2012.
The volcano spews ash towards the nearby town of Banos on August 21, 2012.Gary Granja / Reuters

A view of the volcano on August 20, 2012.
A view of the volcano on August 20, 2012.Carlos Campana / Reuters

Ecuadorian authorities are encouraging residents living near the Tungurahua volcano to evacuate due to increased activity, according to local media reports cited by Reuters. The volcano has been in an active state since October 1999. 

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