posted on Nov, 1 2009 @ 05:57 PM
The Galeras Volcano
Officials in southern Colombia have issued a code orange alert for the newly-active Galeras volcano which they said could erupt in a matter of
days or weeks, according to the state-run Geological and Mining Institute.
Galeras (Urcunina among the 16th-century indigenous people) is an Andean stratovolcano in the Colombian department of Nariño, near the
departmental capital Pasto. Its summit rises 4,276 metres (14,029 ft) above sea level. It has erupted frequently since the Spanish conquest, with its
first historical eruption being recorded on December 7, 1580. A 1993 eruption killed nine people, including six scientists who had descended into the
volcano's crater to sample gases.It is currently the most active volcano in Colombia.
From the main article:
Nevado del Huila
Authorities said they are continuing to monitor the nearby Authorities said they are continuing to monitor the nearby Huila volcano, also on
orange alert, where sizeable volcanic activity also has been detected in recent weeks.volcano, also on orange alert, where sizeable volcanic activity
also has been detected in recent weeks.
Nevado del Huila (in English (IPA) /nɛˈvɑː.do dɛl ˈwi:.la/), at 5,365 metres (17,602 ft), is the highest volcano in Colombia, located in
Huila Department. After being dormant for more than 500 years, the volcano showed heavy signs of activity in 2007 and 2008. As of February 20, 2007,
there were more than 7000 "minor" seismic events, and a high state of alert was in place for the departments of Cauca, Huila, Caldas and Valle del
Cauca. The volcano erupted twice in April 2007, once in April 2008 and again in November 2008. Any eruption would affect the small villages around the
volcano, mostly Paez, Cauca, where their habitants still have in memory the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano and the destruction of Armero.
report of a previous eruption of Hulia.
You can keep up to date with the Global Volcanism Project
Which seems to show a whole heap of South American activity:
New Activity/Unrest: | Chaitén, Southern Chile | Ebeko, Paramushir Island | Kliuchevskoi, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Mayon, Luzon | Nevado del
Huila, Colombia | Reventador, Ecuador | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat
Ongoing Activity: | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Colima, México | Dukono, Halmahera | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka |
Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Rabaul, New Britain | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka
The site has all the information regarding these volcanoes.
Just some more cheerful news for ATS!