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Cotopaxi volcano
stratovolcano 5911 m / 19,393 ft
Ecuador, -0.68°S / -78.44°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Cotopaxi volcano eruptions:
2015-16, 1942(?), 1940, 1939(?), 1931(?), 1928-30(?), 1905-08, 1903, 1895, 1886, 1885, 1883?, 1883, 1882, 1880, 1879, 1878, 1877, 1870-76, 1870, 1869, 1868, 1867, 1866, 1863, 1860-62, 1859, 1858, 1857, 1856, 1856, 1855, 1854, 1853, 1852, 1851, 1850, 1845, 1844, 1803, 1768, 1766, 1750, 1747-49, 1746, 1744, 1743, 1743, 1742, 1742, 1740-41, 1738, 1698, 1534, 1533, 1532, 1400, 1260, 1130, 950, 770, 760, 740, 550, 370, 180, 140, 110, 70, 80 BC, 230 BC, 1510 BC, 2220 BC, 2640 BC
Typical eruption style:
explosive
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Cotopaxi volcano news & activity updates:

Cotopaxi volcano update: eruption continues with little changes

Fri, 4 Sep 2015, 08:10
08:10 AM | BY: T
Eruption column of Cotopaxi on 2 Sep (image: P. Espin / CotopaxiPungo lodge)IGEPN)
Eruption column of Cotopaxi on 2 Sep (image: P. Espin / CotopaxiPungo lodge)IGEPN)
SO2 emissions from Cotopaxi (IGEPN)
SO2 emissions from Cotopaxi (IGEPN)
Ash plume dispersal forecast (31 Aug - 1 Sep / VAAC Washington)
Ash plume dispersal forecast (31 Aug - 1 Sep / VAAC Washington)
Ash plume dispersal forecast (1-2 Sep / VAAC Washington)
Ash plume dispersal forecast (1-2 Sep / VAAC Washington)
Activity continues at similar levels as during the past days, with emissions of steam and ash, rising to heights of 1-4 km and drifting into westerly directions where fine ash fall occurs and accumulates to now several millimeters in places.
Compared to the previous week, activity - both at the surface (ash emissions) and internal (seismicity) has been somewhat lower.
Volcanic SO2 gas emissions remain very high (up to 15,000 tons/day), suggesting that a significant amount of magma is stored inside the volcano and continues to intrude into shallow dikes and reservoirs.
On 2 Sep, an eruption column reached 4 km height and fine ash fall was recorded in Sto. Domingo de los Colorados and Manabi.
Previous news
Mon, 31 Aug 2015, 15:59
Current seismic trace (BNAS station)
Activity at the volcano remains high while seismic activity has been showing a decreasing trend today and been described as moderate by the Geophysical Institute. ... read all
Thu, 27 Aug 2015, 07:13
Cotopaxi volcano spewing ash this morning
No significant changes have occurred. The volcano continues to produce near-continuous ash plumes that rise 1-2 km above the summit and drift into westerly directions. read all
Tue, 25 Aug 2015, 15:55
Ash emissions from Cotopaxi yesterday (photo: Patricia Mothes / IGEPN)
The eruption continues with similar activity as during the past days, with a gradually increasing trend. Accompanied by near-continuous tremor, the volcano now produces almost constant, dense ash plumes rising up to 2 km and drifting into westerly directions, reaching the Pacific Ocean. ... read all
Mon, 24 Aug 2015, 08:07
Ash plume from Cotopaxi last evening
Activity at the volcano remains more or less similar with moderately strong, near continuous ash emissions producing a plume rising approx. 2 km and drifting into westerly directions. ... read all
Sun, 23 Aug 2015, 18:24
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. ... read all
 

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