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Elevated levels of sulfur dioxide pouring from Kilauea volcano Wednesday forced the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for the second time this month. About 2,000 people were forced to leave the park when a lack of wind kept the noxious gas from Halemaumau Crater lingering over the Big Island volcano. The plume from the volcano's main crater was lingering over the area rather than getting blown away by trade winds the way it had been earlier in the week.
ECUADOR - The Tungurahua volcano has seen significant activity in 2008, erupting on February 6th and causing mudslides, heavy ash falls and evacuations. Since then activity has decreased. However, ash and steam plumes and Stombolian activity at the summit and lahars travelling 600m down the flanks of the mountain have been reported this week. The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to within six miles of the mountain. Reventador in Napo province; Sangay between Chimborazo and Morona Santiago; and Cotopaxi are other closely monitored volcanoes considered active in Ecuador. Sangay and Reventador have both showed increased seismic activity over the past year.
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