The San Cristobal volcano, located in the department of Chinandega, recorded three explosions Friday morning, according to experts in volcanology.
The first, and strongest, at 10:20 am The other two explosions occurred at 10:22 and 10:25, according to an expert.
Surveillance cameras in the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) showed the exact time of the explosion.
The highest column issued by the San Cristobal volcano, when he ejected ash and gas reached two thousand meters high. There were also 10 other smaller scale explosions than 10:20, according to information provided by the spokesman of the government, Rosario Murillo.
Because gas and ash issued by the volcano, the authorities have asked surrounding towns to seal drinking water to prevent further damage due to toxic materials that may contain the ashes issued.
In February, the volcano showed significant activity, its last explosion took place on February 24.
The San Cristóbal volcanic complex, consisting of five principal volcanic edifices, forms the NW end of the Marrabios Range. The symmetrical 1745-m-high youngest cone, named San Cristóbal (also known as El Viejo), is Nicaragua’s highest volcano and is capped by a 500 x 600 m wide crater.
El Chonco, with several flank lava domes, is located 4 km W of San Cristóbal; it and the eroded Moyotepe volcano, 4 km NE of San Cristóbal, are of Pleistocene age. Volcán Casita, containing an elongated summit crater, lies immediately east of San Cristóbal and was the site of a catastrophic landslide and lahar in 1998. The Plio-Pleistocene La Pelona caldera is located at the eastern end of the complex. Historical eruptions from San Cristóbal, consisting of small-to-moderate explosive activity, have been reported since the 16th century. Some other 16th-century eruptions attributed to Casita volcano are uncertain and may pertain to other Marrabios Range volcanoes.
April 23 , 2016.San Cristobal , Nicaragua :
Sources : Elnuevodiario , laprensa.com.ni , GVP .
Photos : La Prensa , omontealegre/Panoramio .