A state of emergency has been declared in Ecuador by president Rafael Correa after Volcán Cotopaxi, near the capital of Quito, began to erupt on Friday. Its last major eruption was in 1877.
Several hundred people were evacuated from nearby villages as the volcano’s activity increased. Small eruptions have launched ash into the sky, coating surrounding areas with a fine grey powder as far as 30 miles away. Cotopaxi is considered one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes as its glacial cover makes it prone to rapidly moving rock and mud flows. Read more: bbc.com