Ecuador volcano spews ash and molten lava

By MSN UK News Reuters/Gary Granja
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Towns evacuated as debris rains down on region

Residents living near Banos in northern Ecuador have been ordered to leave the area following a sudden increase in activity by the Tungurahua volcano. Huge clouds of gas and ash have been thrown into the air, while lava has flowed down on to the surrounding countryside. The volcano has been in an active state since October 1999. Click through for more pictures.

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Lava and hot ash is blasted from the volcano's crater

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The Tungurahua volcano glows from the heat of its eruption

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Ash clouds pour from the top of the volcano

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A cow is covered in ash near the base of the Tungurahua volcano

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Residents shelter from the falling ash

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The small city of Banos, near the active Tungurahua volcano

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The volcano glows against the night sky

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A house is covered in ash near the base of the Tungurahua volcano

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The last time Tungurahua was this active was in April 2011