Latin American Herald Tribune | 2/20/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia Evacuates Volcano Area
Feb 20 -- The Colombian government on Sunday recommended the precautionary evacuation of several thousand people who live in the greatly threatened area around the Galeras volcano, which on Saturday erupted explosively, although no damage to life or property was reported.
Despite that, the government's evacuation call was ignored by the communities at greatest risk, as admitted by local emergency prevention and management committees, which are the entities responsible for ordering such population moves to preestablished shelters.
The recommendation to go to the shelters "applies only to the people who reside in the high-threat zone," said the director of the Pasto volcano and seismological observatory, Diego Gomez, who noted that such were the established protocols for emergencies of this kind.
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