Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | November 13, 2012

Remembering the tragedy of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano

The images of Hurricane Sandy’s legacy summons memories of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

Twenty-seven years ago, on November 13, 1985, the volcano erupted twice. Its snow peak melted, and its water, ashes and lava created an avalanche with winds forceful enough to elevate cars and sweep people away. The hot mud crashed down buildings.

The volcano left 25,000 people dead and 18,000 homeless in the town of Armero as well as neighboring Ibagué, Lérida, Mariquita, Alvarado and Venadillo in Tolima department.

Look at photos here.

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