Thousands flee volcanic eruption in Colombia|
- Authorities order the evacuation of about 8,000 people
- Images of 14,029-foot Galeras volcano show white smoke rising
- Colombian officials tells AP eruption is most severe since reactivation in
(CNN) -- A volcano erupted in southwestern Colombia on Thursday night,
prompting authorities to order the evacuation of about 8,000 people.
This video frame released by the Colombian
Institute of Geology and Mining shows the eruption.
Images broadcast on Caracol, a Colombian television station, showed white
smoke pouring into the evening sky from a mountain with a summit of 14,029 feet
Authorities canceled Friday classes in schools around the Galeras volcano,
The Galeras volcano is one of the most active in Colombia.
The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Washington, which tracks eruptions in a region
that includes Colombia, said early Friday
that an "explosive eruption" had taken place.
Fernando Gil, director of Colombia's Seismological Network, told The
Associated Press by phone it was the most volcano's most severe eruption since
it reactivated in 1989.
"Depending on the wind direction it's going to spread ashes over the entire
area," he told the AP, adding that "most of [Galeras'] eruptions are violent and
Activity at the volcano also prompted an evacuation in November 2005, and a
1993 eruption killed a group of scientists working nearby.
Original article: CNN - World
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