Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador
This SPOT-7 image shows Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador, which was in the midst of an eruption when the image was acquired on 18 August 2015.
Cotopaxi is one of the highest volcanoes in the world, and one of the most active. Eruptions have been recorded at Cotopaxi from 1534 onwards, and almost 90 eruptions have occurred since then, some of which had devastating effects on nearby towns.
The most recent activity at the volcano occurred last year, when Cotopaxi erupted on 14 August 2015. The volcano had been active for several months prior to this, but August marked the most activity, as ash and smoke poured out of Cotopaxi. It prompted a state of emergency, and hundreds of people were evacuated in the area, as the volcano had in centuries past destroyed nearby towns. While no one was hurt in the eruption, Cotopaxi was active for months, occasionally releasing further ash until January 2016.
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Credit: Airbus Defence and Space 2015