INETER reported that the lava lakes in three vents on the floor of Masaya’s Santiago crater were active during 20 February-1 March. Volcanic tremor remained high and RSAM values were at high to very high levels. On 23 February small explosions ejected spatter onto the crater floor.
During fieldwork volcanologists observed active lava lakes in all three vents on the crater floor, and noted that the inner walls of the crater were being eroded due to the lava lake. A new vent was forming on the SE part of the crater floor. During a second visit on 24 February INETER staff noted that the vents had become larger due to landslides on the crater walls. Small streams of lava sporadically originated from the NE vent. By 1 March the two vents in the SW part of the crater had almost merged.
March 04 , 2016. Masaya , Nicaragua :
Elevation 635 m
Source: Instituto de Estudios Nicaragüense Territoriales (INETER) , GVP.
Photo : JM photographic.