Increased activity in Ecuador volcano

The volcano has been dormant since 1999.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Sept. 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM

QUITO, Ecuador, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- About 40 explosions were noted on Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, as well as a 1.8-mile high ash cloud.

Seismologists registered the increased activity Monday, saying the volcano, 85 miles southeast of Quito, the capital, is showing renewed activity after being dormant since 1999 and has been emitting rocks, smoke and ash. The 16,479-foot high mountain in the Andes chain is one of South America's most active volcanoes. It has been erupting since February, and has a phase of activity every 80 to 100 years.

There have been no injuries or immediate plans for evacuation in the area.

Despite the activity of the volcano, the local start of the school year proceeded on schedule. "Our children's studies cannot stop just because of the volcano," a local resident told the El Comercio newspaper.

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