Cotopaxi volcano news & activity updates:
Cotopaxi volcano update: Increasing ash emissions
Sunday Aug 23, 2015 18:24 PM | BY: T
Ash plume from Cotopaxi seen from Quito yesterday (Image: Ministerio Coordinador de Seguridad)Ash emissions have been increasing and producing plumes that rose 2 km above the summit and drifted west for over 50 km.
Ash fall occurred in several populated areas including Mulalo, Chaupi, Lasso, Machachi, Aloag, Tambillo.
According to Ministry of Security, evacuation routes and over 120 "albergues" - shelters - have been prepared to accommodate people in case evacuations become necessary.
Friday, Aug 21, 2015
The volcano continues to be relatively calm. Modest ash emissions occurred yesterday morning producing plumes that rose a few 100 m above the summit and were then pushed down by strong winds along the flank of the volcano. ... [more]
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015
volcano remains calm. Only low-energy degassing is being observed from the summit crater. During yesterday's overflight, no significant changes to the crater morphology have been detected. ... [more]
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015
During the night and this morning, some relatively small explosions occurred at the volcano, producing plumes of up to 700 m height. [more]
Monday, Aug 17, 2015
No new explosions of significant size have occurred at the volcano during the past 48 hours. Seismic activity remains elevated and suggests that smaller ash emissions continue, however. ... [more]
Sunday, Aug 16, 2015
The volcano started to erupt, for the first time after more than 70 years, on 14 Aug with a series of 6 very strong explosions. The volcano last erupted in 1940 and possibly 1942. A major hazard of glacier-clad Cotopaxi's eruptions are melt-water floods that can turn in to devastating lahars and threaten an area with approx. 300,000 inhabitants. ... [more]