June 8, 2009 / 3:47 PM / 9 years ago

Second eruption rattles Colombia's Galeras volcano

BOGOTA, June 8 (Reuters) - Colombia’s Galeras volcano erupted on Monday for the second time in 24 hours, showering villages in the surrounding area with ash, but causing no damage or injuries, authorities said.

"An eruption of explosive nature has been registered," the national geological institute Ingeominas said in a statement.

No damage was reported from an eruption on Sunday, but authorities ordered 8,000 residents to evacuate the area. Residents often stay in their homes even though Ingeominas puts the zone on alert, warning of more eruptions.

No immediate impact was reported on the country’s coffee crops, a spokesman for the national coffee federation said.

An eruption of the volcano, located near the Ecuadorean border, killed 10 people in 1993.

Galeras, which has registered minor eruptions in recent years, is closely observed because of the threat it poses to nearby populations. Eight eruptions have rattled the volcano so far this year.

(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota)

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