Volcano in Ecuador continues to release gas and ash

A volcano in Ecuador has been showing signs of activity in recent months, spewing ash and gas into the air.

The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from Quito, Ecuador. Cotopaxi began showing renewed activity in April and its last major eruption was in 1877.

The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, as seen from Quito, Ecuador. Cotopaxi began showing renewed activity in April and its last major eruption was in 1877. Image by AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

The Cotopaxi volcano has not had a large eruption since 1877, and volcanologists say it is increasingly active, reports the New York Times.

The volcano is about 50-kilometres from the capital city of Quinto. It is considered one of the most dangerous volcanos in the world due to its vulnerable snow cap in the event of an eruption, and its nearness to highly population areas, according to News24. About 325,000 people could be impacted if there was an eruption, which could trigger mudslides or avalanches.

The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, seen from Quito, Ecuador, Monday.

The Cotopaxi volcano spews ash and vapor, seen from Quito, Ecuador, Monday. Image by AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

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