ECUADOR, ON TENTERHOOKS
A round-the-world tour of countries facing climate change
An episode from the series EARTH ON EDGE
With its cone whitened by eternal snow, the Cotopaxi is one of the postcard landscape in Ecuador.
Yet, volcanologists claim it is a threat. Indeed, an eruption would trigger a mudslide that would deprive the inhabitants of Quito of running water. It is not an isolated case in the country because over 25 active volcanos made up what is called “the volcanos boulevard”. Located on a seismic fault, Quito under the permanent threat of an earthquake.
But if these natural risks are unavoidable, some disasters could be prevented.