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Cotopaxi in Quito goes BOOM!

This could be a problem if the ash blows in the direction of the airport, which is possible. If it does then they will close the airport and that will not be fun for flower exporters and importers. Some farms are located in this area as well and I will attempt to contact them and see how it might be affecting their farms.


ECUADOR WAS GREETED this morning with a coating of ash from Cotopaxi. This eruption would be its first since explosions rocked the volcano in 1940 and possibly 1942. Today’s eruption was quite small—two explosions that rained ash (see below) 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.


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    Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano, located near the capital Quito, has exploded, sending clouds of steam and ash more than a kilometre above its rim.

    Many residents had already evacuated last week but those who stayed behind were struggling to herd sheep and cattle to safety.

    The explosions on Saturday morning inside the volcano were caused by magma meeting water.

    The Security Coordinator Ministry said the volcano would continue to emit vapour with moderate amounts of ash.

    The 5,987-metre volcano is one of the world’s most feared due to its location just 50km from Quito.

    The snow-capped volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1877, is close to heavily populated areas around Quito.

    Last week, President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency over the volcano’s increasing activity.

    The decree gave authorities more flexibility in using government funds to deal with any problems.

    Dozens of families fled the immediate vicinity last week, setting up tents and improvised camps at a higher location, where they continued to watch the volcanic activity.

    Authorities had already restricted access to the park that surrounds Cotopaxi and suspended ascents of the peak, which is popular with mountaineers.

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    Appears that this volcano is not ready to blow so on we go until there is more of a show

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    So far the reports that I have received indicate that some flights have been delayed but the airport remains open, I am also told that the volcano went Phoof not Boom. That is to say that there is no lava flowing or danger to people at this point. The ash is the problem and growers are worried so the logistics companies have made preparations to use alternative airports to move flowers in the event of an airport closing.

    Stay tune

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