Dangerous Colombia Volcano May Erupt Soon

Posted on April 5, 2012


Colombia’s snowcapped Nevado del Ruiz volcano has lately shown signs pointing towards an immanent eruption.

An “Orange” alert has been posted, meaning that the volcano could erupt within days to weeks, the Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report web page said on Thursday.

The Andean volcano’s last important eruptions happened in 1985 and 1989, the 1985 eruption having led to Colombia’s worst natural disaster.

During the last week of March, tremors shook the volcano with increasing, according to the Colombian government agency, INGEOMINAS. Volcanologists interpreted the quakes as telltales for “rock fracturing” and “fluid movement” within the volcano.

Seismicity remained “elevated” during the first days of April, the report said.


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