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1/18/2008

Colombia's Galeras Volcano Erupts

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Columbia, S.A.
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This video frame released by the Colombian Institute of Geology and Mining, INGEOMINAS, shows the Galeras volcano erupting in Pasto, southern Colombia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. The volcano spread ashes for kilometers prompting an evacuation order for thousands, in the most serious eruption of the Galeras since its reactivation in 1989. (AP Photo/INGEOMINAS)

GALERAS VOLCANO - On Thursday, the volcano spread ashes for kilometers prompting an evacuation order for thousands, in ITS MOST SERIOUS ERUPTION SINCE ITS REACTIVATION IN 1989. The viiolent eruption in southwestern Colombia spewed ash miles into the sky. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious property damage after the volcano began erupting about 8 p.m. and cascading lava lit up the night sky. About 8,000 people live in areas near the volcano where Pasto's mayor ordered an evacuation but "most of the city is not in danger". It's still erupting and depending on the wind direction it's going to spread ashes over the entire area. "Most of (Galeras') eruptions are violent and short." Thursday's eruption produced some lava flows that did not extend far from the volcano's crater. A 1993 eruption of the volcano, near the border with Ecuador, killed nine people, including five scientists who had descended into the crater to sample gases. In November 2005, the volcano spewed ash that fell about 30 miles away.

ECUADOR - TUNGURAHUA - Tungurahua volcano has increased in activity this week, forcing the evacuation of more than 700 villagers living near the crater.
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General view of erupting Tungurahua volcano, 17 January 2008, seen from the proximity of the Ecuadorean city of Banos. Tungurahua volcano has increased in activity this week, forcing the evacuation of more than 700 villagers living near the crater. EPA/JOSE JACOME

MOUNT ST. HELENS REAWAKENS
PORTLAND, OR (NBC) - Plumes of steam are coming out of Mount St. Helens in Washington.
The seismic activity is a typical indicator that magma and/or super-heated gases are moving through channels under Mount St. Helens.

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