Volcano prompts evacuations in Ecuador

By January 10, 2008

Ecuador (MNN) — Activity in Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, 90 miles south of Quito, has forced the evacuation of at least 1,000 villagers. 

Authorities are asking the government to resettle evacuated families in other areas so they don't have to return to the endangered zones.

Tungurahua's last eruption in 2006 killed five people, destroyed farmland and left hundreds of farm animals dead.

The volcano's name is translated "throat of fire" in the Quichua language. It has been erupting off and on since 1999.

Since then, HCJB Global Hands has sent relief teams to areas affected by ashfalls, bringing physical and spiritual encouragement to local residents.

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