The highest volcano in Nicaragua records an explosion of gas and ash:

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The San Cristóbal volcano, the highest and most active peak in Nicaragua (northwest), recorded this Sunday an explosion of gas and ash up to 1,500 meters high which spread to three neighboring localities, informed an official source.

During the explosion, “the column of ash reached a height of 1,500 meters above (the) crater of the volcano which, under the effect of the wind”, reached with “a small layer of ash the communities Las Grecias 3, Las Grecias 4 and the city of El Viejo,” the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (Ineter) said in a statement.

However, the volcano’s activity was “of moderate intensity” and did not cause major damage to nearby towns, he said.

San Cristóbal, 1,745 meters high, is located in the department of Chinandega and is part of the volcanic chain of the Pacific region of Nicaragua.

According to Ineter, during the volcanic explosion “the volcanic tremor and the real-time seismic amplitude (RSAM)” presented “an increase” which then returned “to its usual values”.

The entity considers that the increase in the volcanic activity of San Cristóbal is for the moment “part of its normal behavior” and does not exclude that “new explosions of a magnitude similar or lower than those recorded” this Sunday “may occur”.

When the eruption of the San Cristóbal volcano is strong, it usually affects the municipalities of Chichigalpa, Corinto, El Realejo, El Viejo and Chinandega (departmental capital of the same name).

Nicaragua has a total of 28 volcanoes, seven of which are active. The San Cristóbal Volcano is located 95 miles northwest of Managua.

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