• Ecuador villages evacuated as Cotopaxi volcano rumbles to life

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    LATANCUGUA, Ecuador: Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency Saturday as the dangerous Cotopaxi volcano rumbled to life and prompted evacuation orders in several villages threatened by landslides. The volcano, which towers to 5,897 meters (19,350 feet) high, is considered one of the most threatening in the region — both because of its size and because it is so close to well-populated towns. The volcano started to stir Friday, registering several small eruptions and angrily shooting plumes of dust and ash eight kilometers into the sky.

    AFP

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