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Cotopaxi volcano showing ash spewing from its crater. Considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi sent an ash plume high into the sky on Friday, before spewing several smaller clouds and leaving surrounding towns with a light dusting of volcanic ash. In response, the government issued a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of some 500 people in the immediate vicinity of the volcano

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Cotopaxi volcano showing ash spewing from its crater. Considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi sent an ash plume high into the sky on Friday, before spewing several smaller clouds and leaving surrounding towns with a light dusting of volcanic ash

A general night view on the volcano Cotopaxi from Quito, Ecuador, early 18 August 2015. Ecuador's president on 15 August imposed a state of emergency in the country over concern that the volcano Cotopaxi might erupt.

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A view of the volcano Cotopaxi from Quito, Ecuador, early on Tuesday. Ecuador’s president imposed a state of emergency in the country over concern that the volcano Cotopaxi might erupt

Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano as it erupts on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

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Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano as it erupts on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

Mount Raung spews volcanic material into the air as seen from Songgon, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The eruption of Mount Raung on the main island of Java has caused the airport to close for several hours on Wednesday, disrupting flights to and from the resort island

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Mount Raung spews volcanic material into the air as seen from Songgon, East Java, Indonesia on Thursday

Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic material into the air in Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, June 25, 2015. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone have been evacuated since then to safer areas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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Villagers watch as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic material into the air in Tiga Serangkai, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone have been evacuated since then to safer areas.

Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano fills the sky over an abandoned church during another eruption in Karo, in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on Friday. Sinabung rumbled back to life in 2013 after a period of inactivity, since when around 10,000 people have had to evacuate their homes

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Ash from Mount Sinabung volcano fills the sky over an abandoned church during another eruption in Karo, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province on Friday

Hot lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Thursday. Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in the country, has been put at the highest alert level since June 2 due to the growing size of its lava dome.

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Hot lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Thursday

A local farmer pauses her work as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke, seen from Tiga Kicat village onWednesday in Sukanalu village, North Sumatra, Indonesia

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A local farmer pauses her work as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke, seen from Tiga Kicat village onWednesday in Sukanalu village, North Sumatra, Indonesia

An Indonesian woman looks on as the Moun...An Indonesian woman looks on as the Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash as seen from the nearest village in Karo district, North Sumatra province, on June 16, 2015. More than 1,200 Indonesian villagers were evacuated June 15 from their homes close to a rumbling volcano on Sumatra island, an official said. AFP PHOTO / Sutanta ADITYASUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indonesian woman looks on from a village in Karo district, North Sumatra province, as the Mount Sinabung volcano erupts. More than 1,200 Indonesian villagers were on Monday evacuated from their homes.

In this photograph taken on June 3, 2015...In this photograph taken on June 3, 2015, an Indonesian farmer in Karo district looks at Mount Sinabung volcano spewing smoke and ash. Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra island to the highest possible level, an official said on June 4, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYASUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indonesian farmer in Karo district watches the Mount Sinabung volcano erupting. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by the volcano on Sumatra island to the highest level.

TOPSHOTS View of smoke billowing from th...TOPSHOTS View of smoke billowing from the Villarrica volcano, in Pucon, some 800 km south of Santiago, on March 29, 2015. Part of southern Chile is on orange alert because of an increase in activity at the Villarrica volcano, just weeks after it erupted and forced thousands of people to evacuate.     AFP PHOTO/ SEBASTIAN ESCOBARSEBASTIAN ESCOBAR/AFP/Getty Images

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Smoke billows from the Villarrica volcano in Pucón, Chile. Some southern regions of the country are on alert because of an increase in activity at the volcano 

Smoke and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago...Smoke and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago March 27, 2015. The Villarrica Volcano expelled smoke as scientists warn the concentration of lava, contained within the structure, is close to the crater. On March 3, a short-lived eruption of ash and rock led to the evacuation of thousands from the nearby area.  Authorities have restricted access to the area within 5 kilometres of the crater and have put the area under an orange alert, which means that an "eruption is probably in the short-term."  REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Smoke and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago, Chile 

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Smoke and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago. The volcano went quiet on Tuesday after an eruption that sent a plume of ash and lava high into the sky in the early hours put Chile on high alert. 

Villarrica volcano, located near Villarrica 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile, which began erupting on March 3, 2015 forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages. The Villarrica volcano, one of Chile's most active, began erupting around 3:00 am (0600 GMT), prompting authorities to declare a red alert and cancel classes in schools, the National Emergency Office said.

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Villarrica volcano, located near Villarrica 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile, which began erupting on Tuesday forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages

Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. This is the second eruption in the past year at Piton de la Fournaise after 3-years of quiet.

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Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion. This is the volcano’s second eruption in the past year after three years of quiet

Reunion Island's active volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise, erupting near the Dolomieu, Bory and Rivals craters on the French Island of Reunion.

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Piton de la Fournaise, erupting near the Dolomieu, Bory and Rivals craters on the French island of Réunion

A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early 02 February 2015. The eruptions are reported to have begun on 31 January 2015 at Mount Etna's new south east crater

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A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday

 Lava and clouds of smoke and gases being emitted from a volcano on the island of Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde. After violent explosions recorded at dawn, the volcanic eruption that occurs since 23 November on the Cape Verdean island of Fogo calmed, allowing some inhabitants in the area to recover possession

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Lava and clouds of smoke and gases being emitted from a volcano on the island of Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde

Inhabitants of Cha das Caldeiras carry their belongings as they leave the area due to the activity of the volcano which began erupting in the island of Fogo, Cape Verde, 25 November 2014. The volcano on 23 November 2014 was reported to have erupted at dawn and made it necessary to activate evacuation plans at various points of the island, media reports state. There were no immediate reports yet on any casualties caused by the volcanic eruption.

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Inhabitants of Chã das Caldeiras carry their belongings as they flee the volcano erupting in the island of Fogo, Cape Verde

TOPSHOTS In this photograph taken on Oct...TOPSHOTS In this photograph taken on October 30, 2014, a house is in ruins and partly buried by volcanic ash and lava from the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano seen in the background, as seen from the abandoned Sukameriah village in Karo district located in the volcano's danger zone. Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered authorities to speed up the relocation of displaced residents during his visit at the evacuation center in Karo district in Sumatra island on October 29, 2014. Sinabung began erupting on September 2013 and in February 2014 an eruption killed about 17 people while more than 33,000 residents were forced to flee their homes.  AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYASUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images

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In this photograph a house is in ruins and partly buried by volcanic ash and lava from the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano seen in the background, as seen from the abandoned Sukameriah village in Karo district located in the volcano’s danger zone. Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered authorities to speed up the relocation of displaced residents during his visit at the evacuation center in Karo district in Sumatra island Wednesday