High in the Andes the Earth’s crust shatters with a sonic boom and incandescent rocks sizzle through the air. Six scientists and three tourists perish instantly. Several others run for their lives. Firebombs pummel them. Flesh burns. Bones break. Wounds bleed.
The 1993 eruption of Colombia’s Galeras volcano was a disaster.
“No one predicted there would be an eruption,” said Stanley Williams, a professor of geology at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona, whose firsthand account of the 1993 eruption, Surviving Galeras, was published this April.