Residents have been urged to abandon their homes in a scattering of
towns in the western departments of Cauca and Huila as officials put a
yellow alert in effect in expectation of the eruption of Volcano Nevado
As many as 108 seismic events are occuring daily, up from between 80
and 89 in the last week of August, Adriana Agudelo Restrepo, technical
coordinator of the Colombian Institute of Geology and Minerology in
Popayán, told El Pais.
In the last eight days, 761 seismic events have been registered,
including 197 relating to fluid dynamics inside volcanoes, and the most
powerful have registered up to 4.6 on the Ritcher scale. If this level
of activity continues, the alert level will rise to orange, reported El
April of last year, the alert in the area rose to red and
inhabitants of the municipality of Paéz-Belalcázar, Cauca, had to
evacuate in the middle of the night.
In 1994, more than 1,000 people were killed when an avalanche provoked an eruption of Volcano Nevado del Huila.