Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nevado de Ruiz volcano showing renewed activity, Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia — Authorities in Colombia say a towering volcano is showing renewed activity and could erupt in weeks or days.

Gas and vapor has been rising periodically from the Nevado de Ruiz volcano since February and the country’s geology institute says people in some areas are reporting “strong odors of sulfur.”

As of Friday, officials have not yet ordered any evacuations around the 17,457-foot (5,321-meter) volcano roughly 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of the country’s capital, Bogota.

A 1985 eruption at the volcano brought a river of rocks and mud sweeping across the town of Armero, killing 25,000 people. Source