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The Ecuadorian volcano known locally as Tungurahua has erupted. There was a five minute explosion Friday at 6:10 p.m. local time, according to Volcano Discovery. The plume stretched up to 50,000 feet and drifted in a westward direction.

The towns of Bilbao, Choglontus, Chacauco and Cusúa reported falling gravel, according to IG EPN. Ash fell in Pillaro. IG is Ecuador’s geophysics institute. The personnel there remain on alert. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports the eruptions are ongoing.

There were tremors and multiple blasts were heard. A regional airport was temporary closed, according to Metro. This particular volcano has been erupting since 1999 but it has only been the last two months that it has been very active. Ecuador is home to eight volcanoes.

Tungurahua means “Throat of Fire” in Quechua, the local language. It is a 16,480 foot volcano.

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