Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Galeras volcano erupts in Columbia

The Galeras volcano in southwest Colombia shot rocks, gas and ash in an eruption that prompted the government to evacuate about 10,000 nearby residents. There are thick clouds of ash hanging over the town of Pasto in Narino province. No injuries were immediately reported. Colombia's disaster response agency says this could be the beginning of a series of eruptions. A 1993 Galeras eruption killed at least 10 people. It is one of the 15 volcanoes most closely monitored in the world due to the threat it poses to local communities.

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