Colombian Volcano Sends 15,000 Fleeing

Spitting hot ash; lava could follow
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2008 8:17 AM CDT
Map locates Nevado del Huila volcano in Colombia; 1c x 2 1/8 inches; 46.5 mm x 54 mm   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – As many as 15,000 people living near Colombia's Nevado del Huila volcano were evacuated today as the mountain spit hot ash onto the area. Officials report no injuries, but say it's too early to assess the damage or offer a prognosis for the eruption. "Other types of material could come, like lava, but we don't at the moment know the exact situation," a local authority said.