According to the authorities 110 families have been evacuated from the vicinity of the volcano Tungurahua, which erupted, throwing molten rock and ash. The representative of the Ecuadorian Geophysical Institute Mercedes Taipa reported that steam and ash column reached a height of up to 2.5 miles, level eruption was determined from the average to strong. About six villages covered by a layer of ash. While accurate data on the extent of the damage to local farmers do not. Volcano in height over 5000 meters at 84 miles to the southeast of Quito is active since 1999. Because of the Tungurahua eruption in July and August 2006, killing at least four people, two were missing and thousands of people had to be evacuated.