Bogota: Colombian officials raised the alert
on the Galeras volcano to "red," the highest level, on Wednesday and
ordered the evacuation of 8,000 people after a small dawn
The small eruption, which was not an explosion, occurred
at 04:00 GMT (0900 GMT).
Martha Calvache, under director of the state geological
service, said the volcano is "emitting ash and lava has been
detected in the crater."
"The volcano is in a very unstable phase," she said.
"There hasn`t been a major eruption or quakes, but in no
way can you think that nothing is happening."