Steam and ash rise from the crater of Tungurahua volcano, as seen from Huambalo, Ecuador, Dec. 17, 2012. More powerful blasts rose above the volcano late last week. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano has sprung back to life, uncorking a series of powerful blast.
People living along the slopes of the volcano were being evacuated as of Monday, following onset of the eruption last week, the BBC News website said.
Ash rained upon Banos, where schools were suspended.
Blast clouds lofted as high as 3 km, or 16,500 feet, last weekend, geologist Erik Klemetti wrote in his Eruptions blog.
Towering to 16,479 feet, Tungurahua is located along the spine of the Andes nearly 90 miles south of Quito.
Another look at Tungurahua, its upper slopes clad in snow. This 1976 image was taken by Minard Hall (volcano.si.edu/Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito)
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!