Colombia puts volcano on red alert after dawn eruption
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:33
  
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 eruption.

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."

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:33


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