Nevado del Ruiz, the deadliest volcano on the planet and capable of causing widespread destruction, may erupt over the next few days.
The scientists have issued a warning that one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, Nevado del Ruiz, might erupt within the next few days, which would lead to disastrous results. The Colombia Geological Service (CGS) reports that the volcano has already reported an astounding 6,000 earthquakes each day over the past week. As a result, government officials have raised the level of alert to the second-highest level and have evacuated over 2,500 families living in the region.
Over 57,000 people live in the danger zone surrounding the Nevado del Ruiz, which is scattered across portions of six different provinces and is located on the border between the provinces of Tolima and Caldas in Colombia. According to the CGS, the volcano’s eruption in 1985 resulted in the deaths of more than 25,000 people, many of whom were buried alive by avalanches of debris consisting of soil and rock.
The structure of the volcano is that of a stratovolcano; it is made up of multiple layers of lava that alternate between layers of solidified volcanic ash and rocks. The volcano was built around 150,000 years ago. On November 13, 1985, Nevado del Ruiz released hot ash and lava into the stratosphere at an altitude of around 23,000 feet, causing the ground to shake and unleashing mudflows that towered more than 98 feet throughout the region.
Because the Nevado del Ruiz has been displaying signs of activity recently, the authorities are not taking any chances and are evacuating the residents who live close. The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, has requested for the evacuations to go more swiftly, and officials in charge of the catastrophe have stated that livestock, which is essential to the livelihoods of many people living in the rural region, may also be transported, or that farmers may return during the day to care for them.
Even though the activity of the volcano started to decrease on Sunday, it continued to spew a column of ash that was 3,000 feet tall on the same day. In anticipation of an eruption in the next days or weeks, the government has upped the alert level for the volcano from yellow to orange as recently as last week. A request has been made to the national government by the governor of Caldas, Luis Carlos Velasquez, for 800 million pesos (about $173,800) to enhance an early warning system, 400 million pesos for machinery, and financing for the lodging of evacuees.
In conclusion, given the potential for widespread devastation and loss of life, it is of the utmost importance that the government of Colombia and the officials in charge of managing natural disasters take prompt and efficient action to avert any casualties and evacuate those who are in danger.
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