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Galeras erupts again 7 June 2009

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The INGEOMINAS Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Pasto reports that an explosive eruption of Galeras volcano began at 07:18 today, and raised the alert level to the highest level of Red, ‘eruption imminent or under way’.

At 12:40 the observatory issued a bulletin reporting that a magnitude 4 earthquake occurred at the beginning of the eruption, 3 km south-south-east of the principal crater of Galeras, at a depth of 2 km below the summit. An ash column was estimated to have reached 2.5 km above the volcano’s summit, and ash dispersal took place towards the north-west, with ashfall reported in the municipalities of Sandoná and Samaniego. The energy level of today’s eruption was similar to that of 29 April 2009, and about half that of 24 April 2009.

There are no reports of injuries or property damage. An evacuation plan affecting 7000 people has been activated, and will almost certainly be largely ignored as usual.

For all our Galeras coverage: Galeras « The Volcanism Blog.

News
Entra en erupción el volcán Galeras, en el sur de Colombia – AFP, 7 June 2009
En alerta roja se encuentra el Volcán GalerasEl Espectador, 7 June 2009
Volcán Galeras hace nueva erupción en Colombia, alerta roja – Reuters América Latina, 7 June 2009
Galeras volcano erupts again – Colombia Reports, 7 June 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program – Galeras – summary information for Galeras (1501-08=)
Portal Corporativo de INGEOMINAS – Instituto Colombiano de Geología y Minería
Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Pasto – Pasto volcanological observatory main page

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