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Mount Copahue Eruption Produces the Second Highest Alert Status (Orange)

Mount Copahue Eruption Produces the Second Highest Alert Status (Orange)

the pyrocumulus cloud above Etna volcano after this week's eruption. Photograph by Giuseppe Famiani.

the pyrocumulus cloud above Etna volcano after this week's eruption. Photograph by Giuseppe Famiani.

Nevado del Ruiz, Columbia. On 11/13/1985, a relatively small explosion unleashed floods that swept away 1500 people on one side of the mountain. On the other side was the town of Armero, the site of the worst destruction. 25 mph lahars obliterated the town and blanketed it in gray muck. When the landslides subsided, 23,000 people had died and damage was estimated at 1 billion dollars -- one-fifth of Columbia's GNP at the time.

Nevado del Ruiz, Columbia. On 11/13/1985, a relatively small explosion unleashed floods that swept away 1500 people on one side of the mountain. On the other side was the town of Armero, the site of the worst destruction. 25 mph lahars obliterated the town and blanketed it in gray muck. When the landslides subsided, 23,000 people had died and damage was estimated at 1 billion dollars -- one-fifth of Columbia's GNP at the time.

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