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Galeras update, 1 October 2009 1 October 2009

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Colombia’s Galeras volcano seems to be quiet again after yesterday’s eruption: there have been no new updates from the INGEOMINAS Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Pasto since yesterday’s special bulletin.

Local emergency authorities confirmed that there were no injuries or deaths caused by this eruption, although a group of firemen fighting forest fires around the volcano just as the eruption began had a narrow escape. Diego Gómez, INGEOMINAS director for the province of Nariño, is quoted in La Patria as warning that further eruptive activity can be expected: ‘Galeras has not completed this process, and at any time we may have these phenomena’. In the same report it is noted that the usual emergency evacuation plans affecting 7-8000 people around the volcano have been set in motion following the eruption, and are meeting with the usual indifference from the local population:

Faced with the repetition of these phenomena, the population has at last lost respect for the volcano and many believe that they will not do anything ordered by the authorities.

‘The truth is that nothing has happened and we do not fear the volcano, which is our friend’, says Figueredo Mosquera, an inhabitant of the village of Genoy, in Pasto, located in the zone of high risk.

Other people have gone to the shelters, but according to official reports, the occupation does not exceed one percent.

El Tiempo reports that in Pasto the eruption initially ‘went unnoticed’ (the day was cloudy and the volcano was not visible from the town), and that ‘in the villages on the slopes of the volcano the people continued with their agricultural work’. In the town of La Florida more than 2000 people are subject to evacuation, but no-one has turned up at the shelters. ‘The people are taking it calmly’, commented secretary of the La Florida municipal government Jesús Enriquez.

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

Erupción del Galeras no dejó muertos ni heridosEl País, 30 September 2009
Alerta roja en el volcán GalerasEl Tiempo, 29 September 2009
Alerta máxima en Nariño por erupción del GalerasLa Patria, 1 October 2009
Nueva erupción en el Volcán GalerasEl País, 1 October 2009
Red alert in southern Colombia after eruption Galeras volcanoColombia Reports, 30 September 2009

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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