Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano erupts

(ORDO NEWS) — Cotopaxi is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. The Ecuadorian volcano Cotopaxi ejects a plume of gas and steam that has reached a height of 1.8 km above the crater.

Ash from the volcano fell south of the capital Quito and in nearby valleys, according to the Ecuadorian Geophysical Institute.

The Ecuadorian Institute of Geophysics tweeted a drone photo showing a plume of steam rising from the snow-covered peak of Cotopaxi.

The plume was visible from various locations in Quito, but seismologists said it was mostly gas and contained only a small amount of ash.

Cotopaxi has erupted dozens of times. In August 2015, it erupted a large amount of ash after a period of relative calm that lasted 70 years.

One of the most significant eruptions occurred in 1877, when lahars – volcanic mudflows – traveled up to 100 km from the crater and destroyed the city of Latacunga.

But even before 1877, Cotopaxi and its eruptions, which were feared by people living nearby, became an inspiration for artists such as the American landscape painter Frederick Edwin Church.

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