The Second Deadliest Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century
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1.5 EARTH AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Mr Rivera what information do you have? Well, that Armero was wiped out almost 100% ... Would you be able to tell us how many people died? The best thing is that you find out how many people lived in Armero. From that, estimate that not even 2% of the population survived. Almost everybody died". (Interview from Caracol Radio)
That is how Colombia, and the world, found that Armero, a prosperous town in the Colombian coffee axis, had just been wiped out. More than 20,000 people died and over 10,000 were made homeless, all in the course of one rainy evening. The world was awakening to the second deadliest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, and the fourth since the 1500s.
Osario, J.P. & Murcia, H. (2020). The Second Deadliest Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century. RTE Brainstorm, Updated / Monday, 7 Dec 2020 07:39.