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‘At least ten dead’ in Nevado del Huila eruption 23 November 2008

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Colombian Air Force helicopter carrying President Álvaro Uribe at Nevado del Huila, 21 November 2008 (Miguel Ángel Solano, Secretaría de Prensa, Presidencia de la República de Colombia)

  • At least ten deaths reported, apparently caused by lahars.
  • INGEOMINAS reports current low levels of activity and reduces alert level to orange.
  • Video of 21 November overflight available on INGEOMINAS website.

Latest reports from Colombia speak of at least ten fatalities caused by the eruption of Nevado del Huila on 20 November. It seems likely that the total will rise as information comes in from presently isolated areas near the volcano. Most of the victims appear to have come from ‘Indigenous’ communities on the lower slopes of Nevado del Huila and in surrounding valleys, and the deaths seem to have been caused directly or indirectly by the lahars unleashed when the eruption caused part of the volcano’s ice-cap to melt.

INGEOMINAS has lowered the alert level for Nevado del Huila to orange (II). The latest special report on the volcano reports ‘current low levels of activity’ and indications that it has ‘entered a period of seismic stability’. On the other hand, the report notes, there is continuous emission of gas and a strong smell of sulphur, and the new lava dome requires careful monitoring. An INGEOMINAS video (mpg format, 2:18 duration) of the 21 November overflight, showing the new lava dome, is available on the Institute website.

For all our Nevado del Huila coverage: Nevado del Huila « The Volcanism Blog. There’s also more on this eruption over at the Eruptions blog.

Image: Colombian Air Force helicopter carrying President Álvaro Uribe at Nevado del Huila, 21 November 2008 (Miguel Ángel Solano, Secretaría de Prensa, Presidencia de la República de Colombia). [source]

News
Colombia volcano claims 10 lives – BBC News, 23 November 2008
At least 10 killed in Colombia volcano eruption – AFP, 23 November 2008
Al menos diez muertos por la erupción del volcán Huila – EiTB Noticias, 23 November 2008
Nevado del Huila cobra diez vidasEl País, 23 November 2008
Las víctimas del Nevado del HuilaEl Liberal, 23 November 2008

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Nevado del Huila – summary information for Nevado del Huila (1501-05=)
Portal Corporativo de INGEOMINAS – main page for the Instituto Colombiano de Geología y Minería
INGEOMINAS Popayán – main page for the Observatorio Popoyán, which monitors Nevado del Huila

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