Nicaragua’s San Cristóbal volcano erupts
MANAGUA – San Cristóbal volcano, located 95 miles northwest of Managua, erupted Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with three powerful explosions, forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people, officials from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) stated.
A column of smoke and ash reached nearly a mile above the cone of the volcano, the highest in Nicaragua with 1,745 meters.
Some 3,000 people are being evacuated from five communities located in the volcano surroundings, said William González, director of the National System for Prevention and Disaster Mitigation (Sinapred).
INETER officials also registered 21 low-intensity volcano-related tremors at the Apoyeque Volcano, located northwest of the capital, between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, prompting the government to issue a yellow advisory alert.
Telica volcano, located in León (west), also recorded Thursday “a slight increase” in temperature – which normally stays between 200 and 250 degrees Celsius – to 450 C, INETER said.
Nicaragua has a total of 28 volcanoes, of which seven are active.
Since Thursday, when an earthquake of magnitude-7.6 rocked neighboring Costa Rica and was also felt in Nicaragua, INETER began surveillance at several active volcanoes, fearing the powerful quake would have an “impact on the activation” on the volcanoes.
Rosario Murillo, the first lady and government spokeswoman, said some U.S. experts have noted that the ash plume reaches 5,000 meters, which could be an indicator of potential for greater activity.
You may be interested
Sunset Studio to showcase talents of Costa Rican artistsThe Tico Times - March 20, 2019
Milena Astorga, owner of Sunset Studio, has organized an event to showcase the work of several Costa Rican artists, including…
In context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rightsThe Tico Times - March 19, 2019
Sergio Rojas, a leader of the Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night in the indigenous territory of…
‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killedAlejandro Zúñiga - March 19, 2019
Sergio Rojas, a leader of the indigenous Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night, the government confirmed. Rojas…