Huila expected to erupt soon

(Note: Yes, I am posting when I said I wouldn’t, but I felt I needed to post about Colombia).
Colombian authorities are evacuating the area around Nevada del Huila after increased seismicity suggests that the volcano will erupt soon. There have been over 700 earthquakes – many of which are clearly related to moving magma – over the last week or so, indicating that Huila might be entering a new period of eruption.
One thing to note: The article I’ve linked to mentions an avalanche at Huila that was related to an eruption in 1994. I can’t find any evidence that there was any volcanic activity at Huila in 1994 – in fact, the SI GVP mentions the last known eruption of Huila prior to this year was over 400 years ago. Not sure where this 1994 report of an eruption arises, possibly confusion with Galeras?

5 thoughts on “Huila expected to erupt soon

  1. I found this reference to an avalanche at Nevado del Hulia caused by a 6.2 earthquake in 1994, killing 1500 people, on the USGS website: This is my first comment and I would like to say that I appreciate the current information that you provide. I am not a volcanologist or geologist, but enjoy studying volcanology at home. Websites like yours are very helpful and encouraging. Thank you.

  2. Lisa: I think the report is new, but I’ve found no updates on any increased unrest in the last week.
    Bonnie: Thanks for the information. Sounds like someone got their information confused in the linked article about the new unrest.

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