Cotopaxi volcano erupts in Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano Update; New Eruption Occurs, Ash Falls in Quito


Cotopaxi just produced a new explosive eruption, causing particles of ash to fall in sections of Quito. Although this eruption was quite small, it likely represents the beginning of a prolonged eruptive episode at the volcano. Cotopaxi is a highly dangerous volcano as it could best be described as South America's equivalent of Mount Saint Helens. This video will discuss its ongoing eruption and what might happen next.

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0:00 Ground Uplift at Cotopaxi

0:46 November 2022 Eruption

1:52 Large Eruptions

2:24 Smaller Eruptions

3:37 Conclusion


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