View of the Tungurahua Volcano throwing incandescent rocks and lava, from the town of Runtun, Ecuador, on December 4, 2011, 135 km south of Quito.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio

There is no sign that Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano will cease eruptions any time soon. Since Nov. 27, Tungurahua has been spewing hot rock, ash and magma, shaking nearby villages. It's beautiful from afar... but you wouldn't want to be anywhere near there.

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The 5,029-meter volcano is located about 135 kilometers south of the capital Quito and has been active since 1999.  In 1999, violent erruptions forced 15,000 people to evacuate the surrounding area. In 2006, six people were killed in a village in Chimborazo province.  

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View of the Tungurahua Volcano throwing incandescent rocks and lava, from the town of Runtun, Ecuador, on December 4, 2011, 135 km south of Quito.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio
View from Banos, Ecuador, of the Tungurahua volcano in eruption on December 4, 2010. Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano had a sudden important raise in its activity Saturday morning, spewing out incandescent materials and ashes during very powerful explosions.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio
The Tungurahua Volcano is seen from the town of Juive Grande, Ecuador, on November 28, 2011.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio
View of the Tungurahua Volcano throwing incandescent rocks and lava, from the town of Runtun, Ecuador, on December 4, 2011.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio
The Tungurahua volcano spews ashes and lava on January 11, 2010, in Cotalo, Ecuador.
Credit: Cecilia Puebla
View of the Tungurahua Volcano spewing ashes, from the town of Runtun, Ecuador, on November 30, 2011.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio
View from Cotalo, Ecuador, of The Tungurahua Volcano as it spewes ashes, on November 29, 2011.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio
Locals try to go about their daily business as ash erupts from Tungurahua volcano on February 8 2008, in Cahuagi Alto, Ecuador.
Credit: Rodrigo Buendia
The Tungurahua Volcano is seen from the town of Guadalupe, Ecuador, on November 28, 2011.
Credit: Pablo Cozzaglio

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