The formation of a lava lake in the crater of the Masaya volcano Santiago was obstructed and it is possible to perceive a sound like waves by the movement of volcanic fluids.
According to Rosario Murillo, spokesman of the government, « there is an incandescence, small flames accompanied by sound wave, suggesting that there is a lot of movement of volcanic fluids, magma and gas near the area « . The experts of the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) and the international experts who are in the country -Following the eruptive activity of the volcano Momotombo- will conduct field assessments and measure the gas.
The geologist Eduardo Mayorga explained that lava lake formation is a normal activity in a volcanic environment.
Mayorga said that « perhaps there may be projections of magma fragments on the surface of the crater floor of Masaya because the crater has a flat bottom, and on the bottom a intercrateric cavity which is a smaller hole where and the gas may optionally be lava fragment ejected outside and which fall within the crater « .
Murillo said that the formation of the lava lake is similar to what happened in 1999. Although last eruptive activity of the crater Santiago took place April 23, 2001, which generated a small explosion while national tourists and foreigners were on the point of view of the crater.
In the case of products of gas emissions Mayorga says they are moved to the side, to El Crucero and La Concepción, but in case of changes in wind direction, the column can fall on Piedra Quemada.
Mayorga said that on December 9, there was an earthquake measured at 3 degrees on the Richter scale and only 0.3 km deep in the area of Masaya / Nindirí / Ticuantepe, as recorded on monitors of INETER.
December 13, 2015. Massaya , Nicaragua :
Source : La Prensa .
Photo : Exploration Points , Viva Nicaragua.