Colombia – Previously extinct volcano raised to ‘eruption warning’ level

Would be first eruption in recorded history.

The recent increase in seismic activity under Sotarà volcano prompted INGEOMINAS to raise the alert level from yellow (unrest) to orange (eruption warning) yesterday afternoon.

Although they were very small, and none were felt by inhabitants of the surrounding communities, more than 6800 earthquakes have been recorded since June 24, 2012 – an average of 150 quakes per day.

The deformation network shows a possible inflation process (rising magma) correlating with the area of seismicity, which might (or might not) lead to an eruption in a near to medium future.

INGEOMINAS stresses that this activity does not pose any immediate danger to the communities around the volcano.

However, this could change quickly.

See entire article:
http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/sotara/news/11796/Sotar%C3%A1-volcano-Colombia-activity-update-incremiento-of-seismicity.html

Thanks to Wanda for this link


6 thoughts on “Colombia – Previously extinct volcano raised to ‘eruption warning’ level

    • The pic of the summit of Sotara looks quite similar to Mount Saint Helens. As if the last time it blew, blew out the side just like MSH did. It also looks fairly young geologically, as compared to say, Shiprock, NM.

  1. Here we again, all the fear mongoring and hype about some itsy bitsy volcano that could be the tipping point to put us an a full blown ice age if it were to blow like Mount Saint Helens. I don’t understand what we have to worry about? i am going to buy twenty years of freeze dryed food just in case. 🙂

    • Yea do that you won’t regret it!
      Remember the boy who cried wolf? One has to listen and look very sensitively these days

  2. “INGEOMINAS stresses that this activity does not pose any immediate danger to the communities around the volcano.”

    But they aren’t living there, right?!! Sounds just as convincing as the economy has turned the corner!

  3. quite a number of Sth.American volcanoes are stirring ……. ‘The Popocatepetl volcano registered 38 exhalations in the last 24 hours and one on the morning of Tuesday, was accompanied by slight amount of ash, as reported by the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred).’

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