Colombia volcano spews ash

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The Nevado del Ruiz volcano sends ash and vapour spewing into the sky, prompting Colombian officals to order preventative evacuations of local communities.

On Sunday, President Juan Manuel Santos praised officials for their quick response.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT, JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, SAYING:

"Our contingency plans have worked well, all early response units followed the protocols set in motion and the feedback has been very positive."

The Nevado del Ruiz, rising over 17,000 feet above sea level, erupted in 1985, burying tens of thousands of people.

Travis Brecher, Reuters

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