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Thousands flee as Ecuador volcano erupts - Mt. Tungurahua
AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/16/06 | AP

Posted on 07/16/2006 7:51:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

QUITO, Ecuador - Thousands of Ecuadorean villagers have fled their homes on the slopes of the Tungurahua volcano since it began erupting lava and toxic gases, authorities said Saturday.

No injuries have been reported, but some 3,700 people have abandoned their homes in half a dozen hamlets since Friday, the Civil Defense said.

"There have been no victims, but all the vegetation has died and we have lost cattle," said Juan Salazar, mayor of Penipe County, which includes two villages where 300 families have been forced to evacuate.

In May, the volcano, located 85 miles south of the capital of Quito, began emitting its loudest and most frequent explosions since it rumbled back to life nearly seven years ago after being inactive for eight decades.

On Friday, the Geophysics Institute reported that the 16,550-foot-high volcano had changed its behavior drastically by expelling at least four lava flows — the first since activity resumed.

Hugo Yepes, director of the institute, said the wind was carrying ash from the explosions up to 75 miles west of the volcano.

On Saturday, the institute said the explosions had lessened in frequency to every half an hour, from every five minutes on Friday.

Banos, a city of 20,000 people at the foot of the volcano, appeared to be out of danger because it is on the eastern side.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ecuador; erupts; ringoffire; tungurahua; volcano

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews molten rock and large clouds of gas and ash close to Banos, 178 km (110 miles) south of Quito, July 16, 2006. Tungurahua has been increasingly active since May, when it blew out big clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja


A combination photo shows Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupting near Banos, about 80 miles (130 miles) south of Quito, July 15, 2006. The volcano, whose name means 'throat of fire' in the indigenous Quichua language, spewed ash, gas and molten rock for a second day on Saturday, driving hundreds of evacuated villagers into nearby schools and churches in search of refuge. Photos taken July 15, 2006. REUTERS/Gary Granja (ECUADOR)


1 posted on 07/16/2006 7:51:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

The Tungurahua volcano, 85 miles south of Quito, Ecuador erupts at about 5:50 a.m. Sunday, July 16, 2006. Thousands of villagers have fled their homes on the slopes of the volcano since it began erupting lava and toxic gases, authorities said Saturday. No injuries have been reported, but some 3,700 people have abandoned their homes in half a dozen hamlets since Friday, the Civil Defense said. In May, the volcano, began emitting its loudest and most frequent explosions since it rumbled back to life nearly seven years ago after being inactive for eight decades. (AP Photo/Cecilia Puebla)


2 posted on 07/16/2006 7:53:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

As Glaobal Warming heats up, we can expect more and more such eruptions.


3 posted on 07/16/2006 7:55:23 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Memo to Karl: the machine has been calibrated. Now, Lebanon mountains sit on a rift, and need to be activated.


4 posted on 07/16/2006 7:57:18 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: bd476

ping


5 posted on 07/16/2006 7:58:51 PM PDT by null and void (It's a crazy world. Someone ought to sell tickets.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bump for later.


6 posted on 07/16/2006 7:59:03 PM PDT by jamaly (I will never forget 9-11-01!!!!)
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To: Old Professer
As Glaobal Warming heats up, we can expect more and more such eruptions.

I hope you meant that as sarcasm. The atmosphere has a near zero influence on volcanic activity.

7 posted on 07/16/2006 8:03:02 PM PDT by capt. norm (W.C. Fields: "The time has come to take the bull by the tail and face the situation".)
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To: NormsRevenge

They say when Tungurahua blows, she blows an evil wind.


8 posted on 07/16/2006 8:04:47 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: NormsRevenge
Active Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics, "Hot Spots" and the "Ring of Fire"
9 posted on 07/16/2006 8:08:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --- Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

MAGMA!


10 posted on 07/16/2006 8:12:01 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: GSlob
Memo to Karl: the machine has been calibrated. Now, Lebanon mountains sit on a rift, and need to be activated.

lol!

11 posted on 07/16/2006 8:13:54 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Whatever happened to Cynthia McKinney?)
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To: Trajan88
Magma Animous!

Once again global warming can be placed at the feat of the real polluters. Of course, had we elected Al Blowhard he would have come up with a plan to control the ring of fire by taxation and wealth transfers from the rich who ferment volcanic outbursts instead of ethanol!

PUN ALERT!

12 posted on 07/16/2006 8:17:44 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Young Werther

Gad! When the volcanic ash clouds the sun, the temperature will fall and we'll be looking at another ice age due to global cooling.

Paging Al Bore, answer the white courtesy phone and give the unwashed masses your opinion.


13 posted on 07/16/2006 8:25:41 PM PDT by Hilltop
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To: Trajan88
MAGMA!

One of the worst movies ever made.

Oops, not that Magma. LOL! :-)

14 posted on 07/16/2006 8:26:47 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: Young Werther

As a lover of a nice lager, ferment should be replaced by foment in your post.

;)


15 posted on 07/16/2006 8:31:37 PM PDT by Hilltop
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To: NormsRevenge
Great post. Thanks!

With prayers for all those affected, thank God for such events actually on the whole,
without which we wouldn't be here to read about them.

16 posted on 07/16/2006 8:32:17 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: NormsRevenge

Overhead view from sat.


http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/VAAC/guag-img.html


17 posted on 07/16/2006 8:32:50 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I will go down with this ship, and I won't put my hands up in surrender.)
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To: NormsRevenge

IIRC one of the biggest earthquakes happened around 1810 or so in Illinois/Missouri...don't see any plates there....


18 posted on 07/16/2006 8:36:22 PM PDT by paulat
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm just glad that it wasn't Mt. Durkadurka.


19 posted on 07/16/2006 8:40:29 PM PDT by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: Old Professer
Glaobal Warming

Gloabal? Sounds serious.
20 posted on 07/16/2006 8:52:28 PM PDT by msnimje (There is no way we can lose if we stay in Iraq and no way we can win if we cut and run.)
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To: capt. norm

I just sent your nasty comment to my buddy Al and he'll tell you, boy.


21 posted on 07/16/2006 8:53:00 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: msnimje

Series as a haeart attack.


22 posted on 07/16/2006 8:54:38 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Hilltop

I did include a pun alert. While traveling in Canada on an Air Force assignment I learned to like dark beer, (dunkles bitte!) at room temperature. I guess global warming wouldn't be soooo baaad as long as you keep your glass above water!


23 posted on 07/16/2006 9:28:58 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Young Werther

Have you gotten the kitten out of your computer yet?


24 posted on 07/16/2006 9:32:53 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: SandyInSeattle
The kitty was purr_loined!

I guess I shouldn't have defragged my disc! Now I don't know where the FAT Kat is!

25 posted on 07/16/2006 9:47:12 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: Young Werther

LOL!


26 posted on 07/16/2006 9:56:10 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: Old Professer
As Glaobal Warming heats up, we can expect more and more such eruptions.

Is that a chicken or egg scenario.

27 posted on 07/16/2006 11:15:19 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes, and nearby Galeras in Colombia is acting up...

And here in the Philippines, the Mayon volcano is going to erupt.

Then there is that earthquake in Indonesia...


28 posted on 07/17/2006 4:22:04 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: null and void

Thanks for the Ping, Null!


29 posted on 07/17/2006 6:33:55 AM PDT by bd476
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Both.


30 posted on 07/17/2006 7:19:09 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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