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Fumaroles and ash falls… the Cotopaxi volcano rumbles in Ecuador

2023-01-20T18:19:01.768Z


Reports indicate ash rains in several villages below the volcano, one of the most dangerous in the world, whose activity


It is one of the most watched volcanoes in the world.

Cotopaxi, in central Ecuador, generated fumaroles up to two kilometers above its crater and ash falls in several surrounding localities, reported the Institute of Geophysics (IG) of Quito.

“During the past 24 hours, several gas and ash emissions have been observed at heights between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above the level of the crater,” the agency said in its daily report Thursday evening.

Due to this eruptive activity, which has been going on since October, authorities have received reports of ash rain in several villages below the volcano, which rises to nearly 5,900m.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) in Washington has warned of volcanic dust plumes up to 1,700m above the crater.

The Cotopaxi is located about forty kilometers south of the Ecuadorian capital Quito, from where you can see the eternal snows at the top of the imposing mountain.

Area surrounded by strategic facilities

The main danger of this volcano is the presence of lava near the crater, which could cause pyroclastic flows, a mixture of incandescent materials, made of ash and rocks.

But also lead to the melting of the ice covering the flanks of the volcano and the formation of avalanches or gigantic flows, endangering the localities directly below where some 300,000 people live.

The area is also surrounded by strategic facilities and infrastructure, such as oil pipelines, as well as agricultural and livestock farms.

El IG-EPN realiza periódicamente sobrevuelos al cráter del Volcán Cotopaxi, gracias al apoyo de la Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana.

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— Instituto Geofísico (@IGecuador) January 20, 2023

“Because of its danger, its geographical location and its ice cap, it is perhaps the most dangerous volcano in the country, and one of the most dangerous in the world,” Daniel recently told AFP. Sierra, an IG expert.

The Cotopaxi reactivated in 2015, after 138 years of sleep.

The Reventador and Sangay volcanoes, both located on the eastern flank of the Andes mountain range that borders the Amazon, are also currently erupting.

Located on the Ring of Fire of the Pacific, Equator, with an area equivalent to half of France, has around a hundred volcanoes, around ten of which culminate at an altitude of more than 5,000 m.

Source: leparis

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