The Momotombo volcano, located in the « chain of volcanoes » of Nicaragua, reported two explosions on Saturday, with expulsion of gases and ash, officials said.
Activity in the Momotombo, 1,297 meters high and is located at the northern end of Lake Managua or Xolotlán, occurred at 2:28 p. m. local time (20:28 GMT), said the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER).
The second explosion occurred at 2:35 p. m. local time (20:35 GMT), the group said on its website. Ashes reached some villages near the volcano, according to neighbors reported broadcasters, local television or in social networks.
Momotombo neighbors said they had heard the sound of explosions. The Momotombo volcano recorded in early December the last major eruption in its history in over a century. Momotombo activity began on December 1, after 110 years of being virtually asleep.
That volcano perfect cone is the same that led to the evacuation of the city of Leon in 1610, when it was under administration of the Spanish crown, and its activity in 1886 made obscure western Nicaragua for 23 days, according to records of INETER. The authorities maintain vigilance in the northwest and southeast of Nicaragua, hinterland of volcanoes.
January 04, 2016. Momotombo, Nicaragua :
Source : Nacion