Looks as though Quito in Ecuador also has volcano problems. Its Tungurahua volcano erupted on Friday and forced closure of the Guayraquil Airport for the weekend. Wonder whether it may have the same affect on other airports in South America as the Iceland volcano eruption had on Europe. Not a good time for South America, as the tourist season must be well on its way:
|Lava and ash from Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano forced the closure of Guayaquil Airport until Saturday afternoon, an airport spokesman said Friday.
The glacier-capped, 16,478-foot (5,023-meter) volcano has erupted periodically since 1999, with major eruptions occurring in August 2006 and February 2008, the government's emergency management agency said.
Officials evacuated the towns of Cusua and Juive Grande in central Ecuador, the emergency agency said, but no injuries or fatalities had been reported. No further evacuations were planned, the agency said.
The eruption sent a large ash cloud into the air, the Geophysical Institute of Peru said. The height could not be determined because of cloudiness in the area.