Ecuador was greeted yesterday morning with a coating of ash from Cotopaxi volcanoe, says The Wired web page. This eruption would be its first since explosions rocked the volcano in 1940 and 1942. Yesterday’s eruption was quite small -2 explosions that rained ash on the southern edge of Quito. Climbers on Cotopaxi heard the explosions in the early morning hours, both of which happened after earthquake swarms over the past few days.
Volcanologists from the Instituto Geofisico and government official sources are telling people to use precautions and to be alert in case of evacuation.
Cotopaxi is one of South America’s most famous volcanoes and one of its most active ones. With its 5911 m it also ranks among the world’s highest active volcanoes (26th highest). The majestic, snow covered symmetrical stratovolcano is located on the Eastern Cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes, 60 km south of Quito and 35 km northeast of Latacunga.
Cotopaxi National Park –closed these days due to the heightened activity-, has a beautiful paramo, great for running and cycling in high altitude.