Ecuador volcano blasts lava high above crater
In this image made with a slow shutter speed, lava flows down the Tungurahua volcano, as seen from Cotalo, Ecuador, in the early hours of Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. (AP / Dolores Ochoa)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:48AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:41AM EST
QUITO, Ecuador -- Volcano monitors say Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano shot lava one kilometre above its crater overnight and blasted hot rock and gas nearly three kilometres down its flank.
The regional director for the government's emergency agency is Lourdes Mayorga and she says officials have prepared shelters and are working to evacuate any people in danger on Tuesday.
The country's National Geophysics Institute said the volcano blasted lava well above its crater overnight and sent out a plume of ash and gas about 1.5 kilometres high.
The renewed eruption in central Ecuador began last week and plumes on Sunday rose as high as three kilometres above the 5,023-metre crater.