Monday, 17 August 2015

Ecuador declares state of emergency over volcano

Ecuador declares state of emergency over volcano

A general view from Saquisili village, of an ashes column spewed by the Cotopaxi volcano in Pichincha province, Ecuador, 15 August 2015.
Eruptions at the Cotopaxi volcano have sent plumes of ash and smoke into the sky
Ecuador President Rafael Correa has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity at the Cotopaxi volcano near the capital, Quito.
The declaration gives authorities more flexibility in using government funds to address the situation.
Officials evacuated several hundred people from nearby villages after the volcano began to erupt on Friday.
Cotopaxi is among the world's most dangerous volcanoes and is prone to fast-moving rock and mud flows.
Evacuated inhabitants of Santa Rita town in Cotopaxi province look on at the rumbling volcano on Saturday
Evacuated residents looked on from a safe distance as the volcano belched ash
Residents of El Pedregal village evacuate on Saturday after Cotopaxi volcano increased its activity
Residents fled the zone around the volcano and soldiers were on the streets to assist
The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapour in Ecuador, on 14 August, 2015
Cotopaxi is considered one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes - its glacial cover means it is prone to fast-moving mud flows
Small eruptions have already shot ash more than 5km (three miles) into the sky, spreading fine grey powder over as far as the capital 50km (30 miles) to the north.
Authorities have restricted access to the park that surrounds the volcano and barred mountaineers from climbing the snow-capped peak.
Cotopaxi last had a major eruption in 1877.