On november 13 1985 catastrophic mudflows swept down the slopes of the erupting nevado del ruiz volcano in colombia south america destroying structures in their paths various estimates of deaths ranged as high as 24000 area residents. Nevado del ruiz the highest active volcano in the andes mountains of colombia suffers a mild eruption that generates a series of lava flows and surges over the volcanos broad ice covered summit. By bethany augliere on nov 13 1985 at a little after 9 pm local time nevado del ruiz a volcano about 130 kilometers from colombias capital city of bogota erupted spewing a violent mix of hot ash and lava into the atmosphere less than three hours later the earth rumbled as mudflows towering nearly 30 meters high swept through the . Colombias nevado del ruiz erupted and mudflows swept down from a height of 17500 feet on november 13 1985 colombias nevado del ruiz south americas most northerly active volcano erupted close to midnight pyroclastic flows melted ice and snow at the 17500 foot summit forming mudflows that rushed down several river valleys. The eruption started at 1500 oclock local time november 13 1985 with smaller explosions in the crater ash was carried by the wind in north eastern direction however only minor ash fall
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