Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano sending up 2-mile cloud of ash and gas

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano has been putting on a dramatic show, spewing lava from a cauldron-like crater and launching towering clouds of ash and gas.

The country's Geophysical Institute said Sunday the column of ash reached a maximum height of about 2 miles in recent hours, while it hurled blocks of glowing rock about a mile down its slopes.

The 16,480-foot peak is about 85 miles south of Quito, the capital, and close to the tourist center of Banos. It's been periodically erupting since 1999.

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