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The Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia registers earthquakes and ash emission

He Colombian Geological Service (SGC) reported this Monday that it recorded 5,400 earthquakes and ash emissions in the Nevado del Ruiz volcanodeclared an orange alert since last Friday due to the increase in the probability of rash.

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“Continue recording fracturing seismicity of rock inside the volcanic edifice. Yesterday, April 2, 5,400 events were registered”reported the SGC in a statement.

The information added that 5 of those events were magnitude 2.0 and highlighted the record of an earthquake at 11:22 local time (16:22 GMT), located 4.3 km southwest of the crater.

The report details that the seismic activity It remains located in the southwestern sector of the volcano and at a distance of between 2.0 and 5.0 kilometers from the crater.

Likewise, the Colombian SGC said that there were confirmed ash emissions and degassing due to the movement of fluids within the volcano, which in 1985 caused the largest natural disaster in Colombia.

“The maximum height of the gas and/or ash column observed yesterday (Sunday) was 1,200 meters measured from the top of the volcanosays the statement.

With an altitude of 5,364 meters, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano caused a catastrophe on November 13, 1985 when an eruption and melting of its glaciers caused an avalanche that devastated the population of Gunsmith (Tolima), where more than 23,000 of its 25,000 inhabitants died.

The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) requested on Friday the departmental and municipal risk management councils within the area of ​​influence to intensify response preparation actions, including aspects such as verification and adaptation of evacuation routes, meeting points, as well as updating territorial response strategies.

departments of Caldas, Tolima, Risaralda, Quindío and Cundinamarca are under the influence of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz.

Source: Elcomercio

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