Ecuador authorities issue warning as Tungurahua volcano spews ash, gas

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Ecuadorian authorities are encouraging residents living near the Tungurahua volcano to evacuate due to increased activity, according to local media reports cited by Reuters. The volcano has been in an active state since October 1999. 

Tungurahua volcano erupts in Ecuador

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The Tungurahua volcano is seen from Juive Grande, Ecuador, early Aug. 19. The Tungurahua volcano erupted with explosions and tremblings described as volcanic activity in the range between moderate and high. Reportedly the region was put on an orange alert.