Explosion at Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua
15 FEBRUARY 2016. An explosion occurred at 1:04 pm in the Momotombo volcano on Monday 15 February, as reported by the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER).
The explosion lasted until 1:12 pm. Seen in real-time on webcams showing that Momotombo volcano expelled gases and ash.
On Sunday, the authorities of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED) expressed concern about the seismic activity in the Cerro Negro.
On Saturday February 13 , the Telica volcano experienced an explosion with expulsion of gases and ash, officials said.
Rosario Murillo, coordinator of communication and citizenship, during his daily official media report, said that the Momotombo registered high emission also added that US experts have arrived in the country to study the volcanoes that are currently recording activity.
15 FEBRUARY 2016. Authorities in Nicaragua activated emergency plans after explosions occurred at both the Momotombo and Telica volcanoes on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Masaya volcano has also witnessed an increase in seismic activity in recent days.
According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), the Telica volcano, located in the Leon department, erupted at 8:28 a.m. Saturday morning, launching a column of ash and gas some 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) into the air. At least 20 smaller eruptions were recorded at the volcano in the subsequent hours. Ashfall was reported in some nearby communities.
About two hours after the first explosion at Telica, the Momotombo volcano – which had been essentially dormant for 100 years before exploding to life in December – launched a column of ash and gas more than 1,600 feet (500 meters) into the air.
There were no injuries reported in either event, though Civil Defense and municipal authorities said they were activating emergency plans in order to provide a rapid response should communities become at risk. Civil Defense authorities also visited communities near the Momotombo to coordinate evacuation routes should a major incident occur.
February 16, 2016. Momotombo / Telica , Nicaragua :
Sources : La Prensa. Costa Rica star.
Photo : Ineter.