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1000 people evacuated after Colombia volcano erupts

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BOGOTA — A thousand people were evacuated and traffic was stopped after the Galeras volcano erupted in southern Colombia without causing casualties, officials said Saturday.

The locals were taken to shelters in Pasto, the capital of Narino department on the border with Ecuador, after authorities put the volcano -- the most active in Colombia -- on red alert to signal an imminent or ongoing eruption.

Some 9,000 people live in the vicinity of the volcano, which erupted at 8:37 pm Friday (0137 GMT Saturday), will be forced to leave their homes and seek refuge in temporary accommodations if the alert is prolonged, the Colombia Institute of Geology and Mining (Ingeominas) said.

Narino Government Secretary Fabio Trujillo, whose office coordinates volcano prevention, evacuation and relief efforts, told local radio that traffic restrictions would be imposed on the highway linking Pashto -- 920 kilometers (570 miles) -- to localities close to Galeras.

The eruption caused ashfall in Pashto and surrounding villages, according to local media.

A 1993 eruption of Galeras, which rises in the Andes mountain chain to an altitude of 4,270 meters (14,029 feet), killed nine people, including six scientists who had descended its crater to take gas samples.

Ingeominas says the volcano was reactivated in 2004 and causes about 19 earthquakes per year.

Authorities said they are continuing to monitor the nearby Huila volcano, on orange alert, where sizeable volcanic activity also has been detected in recent weeks.

Huila, at some 5,363 meters (17,595 feet), last erupted in November 2008, killing 10 people

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There is a really good book about the 1993 eruption called No Apparent Danger by Victoria Bruce. The book tells the story of both Galeras and and the earlier [1985] Nevado Del Ruiz. The Nevado Del Ruiz volcano, which is 300 miles north of Galeras, eruption killed 23,000 people.

It is an excellent book I really enjoyed reading it, and learned as well about the tornillos, which predicted the eruption coming, but the information wasn't passed on to the right people.

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Volcano erupts in Colombia; no reports of injuries

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BOGOTA - The Galeras volcano in southeastern Colombia erupted Saturday night, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, authorities said.

Carlos Ivan Marquez, national aid director for the Red Cross, said officials might need to evacuate 8,000 people as a precaution. He said temporary shelters and aid supplies were available.

The volcano erupted at 7:43 p.m., according to the Volcanology and Seismological Observatory in Pasto, the provincial capital of 500,000 people that is just over 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Galeras.

The 4,276-meter (14,110-foot) volcano has a long history of activity, including several eruptions in the first months of 2009. It sits near the border with Ecuador, some 520 kilometers (320 miles) southwest of Bogota.

Galeras has been considered Colombia's most active volcano since coming back to life in 1989. A 1993 eruption killed nine people, including five scientists who had descended into the crater to sample gases. In November 2005, the volcano spewed ash that fell up to 50 kilometers (30 miles) away.

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