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Tungurahua Volcano Erupts In Ecuador, Evacuations Prompted

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Ash and steam billow from the Tungurahua volcano, seen from Huambalo, Ecuador, as the sun rises early Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) | AP

QUITO, Ecuador — Repeated explosions are rocking Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, which is also shooting out chunks of molten rock.

The country's National Geophysics Institute says that a constant plume of gas and ash is rising about half a mile (1 kilometer) above the crater on Monday, with ash falling on nearby communities. Some of those towns are being evacuated for safety.

The renewed eruption began last week and plumes on Sunday rose as high as 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the 16,479-foot (5,023-meter) crater.

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