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Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano revives, spews 10-kilometre ash column

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Saturday, April 5, 2014, 5:32 PM -

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano has 10-kilometre column of ash after a powerful, five-minute explosion that shot pyroclastic material onto its northern and northwestern flanks.

Ecuador's geophysics institute said Friday's blast occurred at 6:10 p.m. local time and was followed by a second, four-minute explosion and five lesser tremors.

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The 5,023-meter volcano, nearly 90 140 kilometres south of Quito, revived on Feb. 1, with eruptions that affected a third of Ecuador's provinces and temporarily closed a regional airport. 

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Tungurahua has been erupting sporadically since 1999. In 2006, a pyroclastic cloud killed four people and left two missing.

And since we're on the subject, we all know volcano erupt, but did you know they scream as well? 

A team of volcanologists have discovered that before an eruption, volcanoes make a noise that resembles a scream. 

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH: The sounds in the video were recorded prior to a 2009 eruption of the redoubt in Alaska:

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