Ecuador’s president declares state of emergency as volcano belches ash not far from capital

A village leader tries to quell fears of Santa Rita residents who set up camp alongside a road after a self-imposed evacuation from their homes, fearing a volcanic landslide from the nearby Cotopaxi volcano, pictured in background, in El Chasqui, Ecuador, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Four blasts inside the volcano sent ash shooting into the sky Friday, coating highways, homes and cars just south of Ecuador’s capital with a fine gray powder. Cotopaxi is considered one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes due to a glacial cover that makes it prone to fast-moving volcanic rock and mud flows, or lahares, and its proximity to a heavily populated area. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) (The Associated Press)

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