The Cairns Post

Four die in avalanche


An avalanche on a snow-capped volcano in Ecuador killed at least four climbers and injured others, local officials reported.

The avalanche struck a group of about a dozen mountainee­rs while at an altitude of 6100m on the dormant Chimborazo volcano, Ecuador’s highest peak, in the central Andean region, the local security service said.

It did not identify the climbers or their nationalit­ies, but the peak attracts both Ecuadorean and foreign climbers.

Chimborazo, which rises 6263m above sea level, is covered in snow and glaciers yearround and is located near the town of Riobamba.

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