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2008-08-19 12:00:24

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This August, Amazon Beauty launches AMAZONBEAUTYSECRET.COM with a special week-long trip to the Amazon Rainforest at Ecuador's Luna Runtun Adventure Spa. This six-month "One With Nature Contest" will result in the announcement of one lucky winner. Amazon Beauty and Rahua(R) Hair Care Collection (http://rahua.com/), launched in 2007 by Fabian Lliguin and Anna Ayers, are inspired by the strength of Amazon tribal women. Together, they founded Eco-Agents...

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2008-02-06 13:00:00

A volcano located 80 miles south of Quito, Ecuador ejected molten rock, gas and ash on Wednesday.The activity prompted authorities to evacuate hundreds of villagers living on the shadow of the mountain, according to Reuters. The last eruption was in August 2006, but the volcano has been rumbling and belching up rock, gas and ash since January.Tungurahua, the name given to the volcano by the natives, means "Throat of Fire."Civil defense chief Roberto Rodriguez told Reuters some local...

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2008-01-11 16:02:49

Thursday's volcanic eruption may have just been a warm-up. Tungurahua, a volcano in Ecuador which has been active since 1999 began releasing high levels of energy on December 22, 2007, less than a month ago. On Thursday, Tungurahua flung firey rocks and a column of ash and steam shot 1.5 miles above the crater. Prior to this eruption, 1,000 villagers were evacuated from the western slopes; experts had warned that Tungurahua is poised for a major eruption within a few days to a few weeks. A...

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2006-10-02 17:22:14

BILBAO, Ecuador -- On a once-lush landscape made wasteland overnight by the Tungurahua volcano, five members of the Meneses family raised picks and hoes in unison to strike at ash-encrusted earth. The land looks like concrete and is almost as hard. The Meneses returned home to replant their crops, only to find it takes backbreaking work just to crack a furrow in the hardened gray shell. "I am not giving in," said Antonio Meneses, sprinkling a neat row of corn kernels into one narrow crack....

2006-08-18 15:49:25

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Rescuers on Friday searched for four people believed buried under rocks spewed by Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, which forced thousands from their homes and killed one man in an eruption a day earlier. Thousands of villagers fled on Thursday after molten rock and ash enveloped homes in several farming hamlets tucked in at the foot of the volcano. Tungurahua, which means "throat of fire" in native Quichua language and is located 80 miles south of the capital...

2006-08-17 18:30:00

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock on Thursday that enveloped nearby houses, leaving one man dead, another person missing and forcing thousands from their homes. Massive clouds of ash descended on villagers fleeing the area with their belongings strapped to their backs and their livestock trailing behind. Some wore buckets over their heads for protection. "At the moment we know of one dead, one missing and 12 people injured who are now out of...

2006-08-17 09:37:57

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock, ash and gases and a local mayor reported 60 people missing, as authorities on Thursday evacuated hundreds of families from the threatened area. Tungurahua, about 80 miles south of Quito, had earlier shown a sharp increase in activity in July, when hundreds of villagers living near the volcano to flee their homes. "This is a lot worse than the last time," Mauro Rodriguez, the Civil Defense chief for the...

2006-07-15 19:42:35

By Alonso Soto PINGUE, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gas and molten rock for a second day on Saturday, driving hundreds of evacuated villagers into nearby schools and churches in search of refuge. Tungurahua, located about 80 miles south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May, when it blew out big clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. Civil defense authorities and police continued to...

2006-07-14 22:09:35

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gases and molten rocks on Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate four nearby villages after the crater registered its most volatile activity since a 1999 eruption. Tungurahua, located about 81 miles south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May when it shot out large clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. Civil defense authorities ordered evacuations...

2006-05-17 15:35:50

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano increased its activity on Wednesday, spewing large clouds of hot gas and prompting the government to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns. President Alfredo Palacio late on Tuesday renewed a state of emergency in areas surrounding the 16,460-foot (5,020 meters) conical-shaped Tungurahua, located 81 miles south of the capital Quito. Authorities said there are currently no plans to evacuate area residents. "The...