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Nicaraguan officials on alert for seismic activity

MANAGUA – The Apoyeque Volcano, located northwest of the capital, was calm Friday, but officials continued monitoring it for volcanic tremors, a release from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) said. The agency registered 21 low-intensity volcano-related tremors between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, prompting the government to issue a green advisory alert.

Seismic activity near the volcano, located 10 kilometers northwest of Managua, “decreased Friday morning, but it doesn’t mean that it has disappeared,” INETER Geophysics Director Angélica Muñoz told reporters.

She also announced that a group of experts will travel to the volcano to investigate the earthquakes causes.

The tremors began after a magitude-7.6 earthquake hit neighboring Costa Rica on Wednesday.

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