On 19 Febuary, after more than 200 years of inactivity, the Nevado del Huila volcano erupted; this was followed by a more intense eruption on 17 April. The volcano is in southwestern Colombia, forming part of the Andean mountain range. Both eruptions caused major mudslides, and debris was scattered along the Paez River.

Thanks to monitoring equipment maintained by the government, on both occasions it was possible to warn the communities living in close proximity to the volcano. They were well aware of the dangers of the icecap melting and mudslides associated with an eruption. The communities had suffered a major disaster 13 years earlier when, following an earthquake, there was a major landslide along the Paez River, resulting in widespread damage. The early warning system, added to the preparation of a perceptive community, allowed rapid evacuation of the area. As a consequence, some 5,000 people living in the area of influence escaped harm. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..