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Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador
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Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador emitted a volcanic plume of ash and/or steam on June 24, 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture the same day. In this image, the volcanic plume appears in a shade of pale gray, slightly darker than the nearby clouds that are bright white. The plume blows westward toward the neighboring dormant volcano Chimborazo, which sports a snowcap at its summit. Nearby settlements include Rio Bamba and Ambato.
Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador began emitting a volcanic plume of ash and/or steam in late June 2006. The volcano erupted seriously in August, destroying three villages. This new image shows an eruption in December.