Today in Latin American History
Volcano Erupted Causing a Mudslide Kills 23,000 in Colombia in 1985
Photo: Armero tragedy
Today in Latin American history, a volcano erupted causing a mudslide that buries Armero, Colombia killing 23,000 in 1985.
After 69 years of dormancy, the Nevado del Ruiz stratovolcano’s eruption caught nearby towns unaware, even though the government had received warnings from multiple volcanological organizations to evacuate the area when volcanic activity had been detected in September 1985.
As pyroclastic flows erupted from the volcano’s crater, they melted the mountain’s glaciers, sending four enormous lahars (volcanically induced mudslides, landslides, and debris flows) down its slopes at 40 miles per hour.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican actress Linda Christian who was the first Bond Girl was born in 1924
- Today in LatAm history, President of Venezuela General Carlos Delgado Chalbaud was assassinated in 1950
- Today in LatAm history, Paraguayan footballer Lucas Barrios who plays for the National team was born in 1984
- Today in LatAm history, Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida’s first Cuban-born mayor in 1985
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Asdrúbal Cabrera who plays for the Cleveland Indians was born in 1985
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Juan Alberto Schiaffino who played & managed the National team died in 2002