Nicaragua volcano spews tons of ash

Sep 10, 2012
San Cristobal volcano seen from Chinandega, Chonco sector, Nicaragua, on September 9, 2012. The volcano has shot tons of ash into the sky after forcing evacuations of nearby towns, officials said.

Nicaragua's San Cristobal volcano shot tons of ash into the sky after forcing evacuations of nearby towns, officials said.

A column of smoke and ash rose from the cone of the volcano, Nicaragua's tallest at 1,745 meters (5,725 feet), in the northeast, where rumbling a day earlier prompted nearby hamlets to be ordered evacuated.

But did not appear to have worsened, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, or INETER. Still, the volcano was shooting as much as 3,221 tons of ash into the sky, compared to an average day of 550-700 tons, it said.

"The high , eight times higher than normal mean that the volcano has its own internal activity and that there could be more explosions," said INETER geophysics chief Angelica Munoz.

San Cristobal, located 135 kilometers northwest of the capital Managua, is among seven in the Central American nation. It is believed to have erupted for the first time in 1685.

Explore further: NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nilofar being affected by wind shear

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Indonesian volcano erupts

Jul 03, 2011

A volcano on Indonesia's Sulawesi island erupted Sunday, spewing ash and smoke 5,000 metres into the air.

Villagers evacuated as Ecuador volcano erupts

Dec 05, 2010

(AP) -- The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is billowing ash into the sky and sending super-hot pyroclastic flows surging down its slopes, causing authorities to evacuate nearby villages.

Orange smoke billows out of Congolese volcano

Nov 08, 2011

Clouds of orange smoke and ash billowed out of Africa's most active volcano Nyamulagira, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday after it erupted spectacularly at the weekend.

110 families evacuated in Ecuador eruption

Aug 21, 2012

(AP) — Ecuadorean authorities say 110 families have been evacuated from the vicinity of the Tungurahua volcano, which has been spewing molten rock, ash and lava since the weekend.

Recommended for you

First Swedish hard-rock diamonds discovered

1 minute ago

An Uppsala-led research group has presented the first verified discovery of diamonds in Swedish bedrock. The diamonds are small, but provide important clues to the geological evolution of rocks.

Harnessing crowds to analyze clouds

21 minutes ago

(Phys.org) —When it comes to analyzing hurricanes and other tropical cyclones, lack of data isn't the problem. Scientists have 30 years' worth of satellite images of these massive storms. However, what ...

NASA image: Smoke and haze over China

22 hours ago

Smoke and haze hang over a large portion of eastern China in this image captured by the Aqua satellite on October 29, 2014. China uses the method of "slash and burn" agriculture to rid their fields of leftover ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.