Apr
16
2008

Nevado del Huila erupts

Nevado del Huila: Huila, the highest active volcano in Colombia, is a stratovolcano constructed inside an old caldera. The volcano is seen here from the SW.
Nevado del Huila: Huila, the highest active volcano in Colombia, is a stratovolcano constructed inside an old caldera. The volcano is seen here from the SW.Courtesy Juan Carlos Diago, 1995 (Bernardo Pulgarín, INGEOMINAS, Colombia).
Nevado del Huila, a volcano in Columbia, erupted shortly before midnight on Monday forcing about 3,500 people to evacuate. The eruption was preceded by seismic activity that started on April 8.

Nevado del Huila last erupted in 2007, causing flooding and mud flows (lahars) as the eruption melted the snow and ice cap on top of the tallest active volcano in Columbia.

Before this recent activity, Nevado del Huila had been quiet since the 16th century.

In 1985 25,000 people were killed when another Columbian volcano, Nevado del Ruiz, erupted initiating a series of deadly lahars.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

zephyr's picture
zephyr says:

Thats crazy.....do you think this is going to happen every year?
Kulyas

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:30am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Its hard to tell - though based on the eruptive history, I would doubt it. The volcano may be just going through an active cycle.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:39am
Amanda M's picture
Amanda M says:

That is amazing how old the last eruption was but to still be active alot of years later but if it did it 2007 then the next year how could we calculate the next eruption from this specific volcano.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:33am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

You can learn more about predicting volcanic eruptions here.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:40am
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

this is crazy, i would move out of the village forever....

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:35am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

That's easy to say - but I bet someone who lives in Columbia near a volcano would say that they would move out of a city that can be flooded by hurricanes, or flattened by tornadoes, or experiences extremely cold temperatures. Home is home, and it is hard to leave it.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:42am
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

It's very dangeours because the environment can be produce cathastrophic in the world.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:41am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

The volcano's activity has been decreasing and is now has been downgraded from a red threat level, to an orange threat level. Learn more here.

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:46am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Dang!
Once Again, This Is Why Im Glad I Live In MN

posted on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 9:51am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

what a sad news i hope everybody is ok

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 10:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow, your smart. its spelled Colombia, not Columbia

posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 2:38pm

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