Authorities resumed operations at airports in the coffee growing region after activities were paralyzed early Tuesday due to the ash spewing out of the Ruiz Volcano. Activity in the volcano increased and raised the alert level from yellow to orange.
Nearly 20 flights were cancelled and more than 700 travelers affected at airports in Manizales, Pereira and Armenia.
Residents of the affected areas awoke to a cloud of ashes that covered the streets and vehicles but that, according to experts, are not cause for alarm. The use of facemasks and goggles is recommended to avoid any negative health effects but it is not necessary to store water.
However, emergency plans are in place in preparation for a possible eruption.