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Colombia: Eruption of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano

President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed on Twitter [es] the eruption (of ashes) of Nevado del Ruiz volcano (in western central Colombia), which occurred [es] Saturday June 30 at 17:40 (22:40 UTC). Social media users initially reported apparent calm in Manizales, the closest city to the volcano, where there is a 10 km smoke cloud [es]. Airports at Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia were closed, as well as some terrestrial roads [es]. Some users criticized the lack of immediate news coverage in audiovisual mainstream media, which paid more attention to the domestic football tournament. On November 13, 1985 an eruption at this volcano destroyed the town of Armero, northern Tolima.

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