The San Cristobal volcano in Nicaragua is exposed to landslides from quake aftershocks
Nicaragua’s highest volcano could suffer landslides caused by aftershocks from the earthquake of magnitude 6.3 that struck on Thursday, reported an official source.
“The strong earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 Richter upward, can cause landslides,” said the scientific advisor to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) Wilfried Strauch, at a press conference.
The risk of collapse due to aftershocks, now totaling more than 2,000, from the volcano, whose slopes are saturated with water due to heavy rains, according to INETER.
At 1,745 meters high, the San Cristobal is the highest volcano in Nicaragua, and is located in a “volcanic park” that includes Casitas, which suffered a landslide that killed at least 2,000 people in 1998.
The San Cristobal belongs to the volcanic mountains of Nicaragua, which has at least seven active and 13 volcanoes under constant surveillance. The authorities did not disclose the number of people living at risk of collapse of the volcano.
Some 37,000 people have psychological effects, such as fear and anxiety, because more than 2,000 aftershocks generated by the earthquake, according to the Government of Nicaragua. The quake caused no casualties, property damage although the authorities have not been fully quantified.
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June 15 , 2016.San Cristobal , Nicaragua :
Source : EFE VERDE