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NEWS: Colombian Volcano Forces Evacuation of 9,400

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posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 11:45 AM
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Some 9,400 residents have been evacuated from the area surrounding the Galeras volcano in the southwestern Narino province of Columbia. Galeras has erupted more than 20 times since the 1500's and is currently at danger 'level two', meaning an eruption may happen in a matter of days/weeks. This is the second time this year the area has been evacuated as it was also at level two in May. In 1993 Galeras erupted killing nine people.

 



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``It's necessary to leave the area,'' Interior Minister Sabas Pretelt de la Vega said on the presidential Web site. ``No one should put their life or that of their family at risk,''

This is the second time this year the government has asked people to move out as the volcano spewed clouds of ash and gas. The volcano also was designated level two in May. In 1993 Galeras erupted, killing nine people. Last year ash from the mountain caused several forest fires.

The 4,270-meter high (14,000-foot) Galeras volcano is situated close to the border with Ecuador, six kilometers from the city of Pasto, where about 300,000 people live.



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2005 has been a horrific year for natural disasters, we really dont need another one.

At least the Columbian government has taken the correct steps and evacuated the danger area.

If only other governments in certain countries had thought ahead and evacuated.....




posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 02:31 PM
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posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 02:56 PM
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MickeyDee



At least the Columbian government has taken the correct steps and evacuated the danger area.

If only other governments in certain countries had thought ahead and evacuated....


But ... MickeyDee ... they've known for years that an eruption/catastrophic event was inevitable and just a matter of time


I remember reading about this a month ago and even then the need to evacuate was being considered on a daily basis. The big blast they've been anticipating seems inevitable so I have to applaud the government's decision to takes the necessary precautions ahead of time.

Maybe the US should send a few FEMA reps to Columbia for some hands-on training!?


[edit on 11/16/2005 by 12m8keall2c]



 
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