ON THIS DAY NOV 14 a terrible tragedy happened

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On this Day

Netherlands

#1 Nov 14, 2013
On this day in 1985, a volcano erupts in Colombia, killing well over 20,000 people as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava.

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano is situated in the north-central part of Colombia. Over the centuries, various eruptions caused the formation of large mudflows in the valleys beneath the volcano. When the Nevado del Ruiz went an extended period of time without erupting, people began to build towns over the mudflow areas and glacial ice built up near the volcano's crater.

In last few months of 1984, activity picked up at the volcano. Multiple tremors were recorded and geologists from around the world traveled to Colombia to observe the situation. The following November, an eruption of steam and ash caused ice, rocks and mud to cascade down the mountain. Scientists, believing that a full-blown eruption was possible, recommended evacuating the area. Their concerns, however, were largely ignored.

On the afternoon of November 13, a major eruption occurred. Ash was sent 30 miles into the air, but still, possibly believing they had more time, few residents evacuated. Later that evening into the morning of the November 14, there were several more powerful eruptions. Lava flowed out of the crater, melting the glacial ice surrounding it and causing massive mudslides.

The town of Chinchina was first to be hit. Approximately 1,100 people were killed when a mudslide overwhelmed the village. The worst scene of destruction was the city of Armero. The wave of mud, rock and ice was nearly 100 feet high as it barreled down on the city. Although it could be heard for a full 30 minutes before it struck, there was little the residents could do to avoid it. Further, many radio reports were instructing the residents to stay in their homes. Close to 20,000 people were buried and killed by the slide.

Overall, the best estimate is that 25,000 lives were claimed by the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.
the color purple

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Nov 14, 2013
On this Day wrote:
On this day in 1985, a volcano erupts in Colombia, killing well over 20,000 people as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava.
The Nevado del Ruiz volcano is situated in the north-central part of Colombia. Over the centuries, various eruptions caused the formation of large mudflows in the valleys beneath the volcano. When the Nevado del Ruiz went an extended period of time without erupting, people began to build towns over the mudflow areas and glacial ice built up near the volcano's crater.
In last few months of 1984, activity picked up at the volcano. Multiple tremors were recorded and geologists from around the world traveled to Colombia to observe the situation. The following November, an eruption of steam and ash caused ice, rocks and mud to cascade down the mountain. Scientists, believing that a full-blown eruption was possible, recommended evacuating the area. Their concerns, however, were largely ignored.
On the afternoon of November 13, a major eruption occurred. Ash was sent 30 miles into the air, but still, possibly believing they had more time, few residents evacuated. Later that evening into the morning of the November 14, there were several more powerful eruptions. Lava flowed out of the crater, melting the glacial ice surrounding it and causing massive mudslides.
The town of Chinchina was first to be hit. Approximately 1,100 people were killed when a mudslide overwhelmed the village. The worst scene of destruction was the city of Armero. The wave of mud, rock and ice was nearly 100 feet high as it barreled down on the city. Although it could be heard for a full 30 minutes before it struck, there was little the residents could do to avoid it. Further, many radio reports were instructing the residents to stay in their homes. Close to 20,000 people were buried and killed by the slide.
Overall, the best estimate is that 25,000 lives were claimed by the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.
Seriously?
Dana

Charleston, WV

#3 Nov 14, 2013
Go Mountaineers!!!!
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duh

Alexandria, VA

#5 Nov 14, 2013
Dana wrote:
Go Mountaineers!!!!


Knew a WVU fan would make a comment as such.
viva conagra

Dallas, TX

#6 Nov 14, 2013
Wow, something happened outside of Huntington on this day in history? I would have never guessed.
How Disrespectful

Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 14, 2013
This is by far the most disrespectful thing I have seen today. Yes, we are aware that other things have happened on this day in other places, but since you are here in this town, you think you would care more about what directly effects you and the people around you!!!! Grow up or shut up!!!!
Dwell

Proctorville, OH

#8 Nov 14, 2013
Respecting bad things that have happened in the past is good. However- I have Never seen a town dwell on something sooo much. Bad things happen everywhere.....but this Town DWELLS onit. Respect it Honer It - but move on.
nunya

Nashville, TN

#9 Nov 14, 2013
viva conagra wrote:
Wow, something happened outside of Huntington on this day in history? I would have never guessed.
Fist yourself
nunya

Nashville, TN

#10 Nov 14, 2013
Dwell wrote:
Respecting bad things that have happened in the past is good. However- I have Never seen a town dwell on something sooo much. Bad things happen everywhere.....but this Town DWELLS onit. Respect it Honer It - but move on.
Honor proper spelling and I'll consider it
modern woman

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Nov 15, 2013
Dwell wrote:
Respecting bad things that have happened in the past is good. However- I have Never seen a town dwell on something sooo much. Bad things happen everywhere.....but this Town DWELLS onit. Respect it Honer It - but move on.
True. Time to move on.
THE LAST WARRIOR POET

Hurricane, WV

#12 Nov 15, 2013
nunya wrote:
<quoted text>
Fist yourself
That's the best you can come up with? How smart you are...
THE LAST WARRIOR POET

Barboursville, WV

#13 Nov 15, 2013
THE LAST WARRIOR POET wrote:
<quoted text>
That's the best you can come up with? How smart you are...
Well at least its original.More then we can say for you impostor.LOL
THE LAST WARRIOR POET

Hurricane, WV

#14 Nov 15, 2013
I'm a nutso lol.
THE LAST WARRIOR POET

Barboursville, WV

#15 Nov 15, 2013
On Oct. 2nd 1970 Wichita State football team was also involved in a plane crash that killed 31.
THE LAST WARRIOR POET

Santa Ana, CA

#16 Nov 15, 2013
Stop impersonating me.
2 posts removed
THE LAST WARRIOR POET

United States

#19 Nov 15, 2013
NexttoLastWarriorPoet wrote:
Is he done yet?
Just getting started.
2kidsn2dogs

Goshen, OH

#20 Nov 18, 2013
Dwell wrote:
Respecting bad things that have happened in the past is good. However- I have Never seen a town dwell on something sooo much. Bad things happen everywhere.....but this Town DWELLS onit. Respect it Honer It - but move on.
I dare you to say that face-to-face to someone who lost a son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, mother, father or both on that plane. There but for the grace of God go you, my friend.

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