Villagers missing in Ecuador volcano landslide
QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) -- An unknown number of rural residents were
missing on Friday after central Ecuador's extinct El Altar volcano unleashed a
massive landslide of ice and rock that destroyed homes, the Red Cross said.
"Many homes are seriously affected and many people have disappeared and
trapped inside their homes," Cristain Rivera, director of the local Red Cross, told
"We don't have a (death or injury) count because rescue groups have yet
on the scene," Rivera continued.
The landslide occurred at 5:15 a.m. (10:15 GMT) at El Altar, which is located
about 116 miles (186 km) south of the capital city Quito, the Geophysical
Institute at Ecuador's Polytechnic University reported.
Exactly what triggered the landslide was not immediately known. But the
of an extinct volcano are hollow and can cave in.
El Altar ("The Altar") is 17,021 feet (5,319 meters) high, making it the
largest among the series of volcanoes that dot the small Andean nation of 12.4
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