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caldera 635 m / 2,083 ft
Nicaragua, 11.98°N / -86.16°WCurrent status
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Tephrochronology and radiocarbon-dated: 150 AD, 170 BC ± 100 years, 4050 BCTypical eruption style:
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Masaya volcano news & activity updates
Masaya volcano (Nicaragua): increasing lava lake activity
Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 10:55 AM | BY: T
Masaya's lava lake this morning (INETER webcam)
The lava lake inside the volcano's main crater (Santiago crater) not only remains active, but its activity has been gradually increasing during the past week or so.
A few days ago, between 9-10 Feb INETER had recorded a seismic crisis including 10 significant shallow earthquakes with magnitudes between 2 and 4.1, many of them felt in nearby areas, the strongest ones even in several tens of km distance. It is thought that these quakes were the result of a new injection of magma into the volcano's shallow plumbing system underneath the Masaya caldera.
Following the seismic events, elevated SO2 emissions were measured as well, reaching levels of 1500 tons / day. This observation, along with the visual impression of increased activity, is also consistent with the interpretation of new magma arriving in the volcano's conduits.
The following video shows the lava lake on 7 Feb:
Monday, Feb 01, 2016
INETER reported ongoing strong seismic and surface activity. There here are currently two small lava lakes active contained in two pits inside the Santiago crater. Access to Masaya's crater rim, a very popular tourist destination, was closed to the public on Saturday. ...
Sunday, Jan 03, 2016
A small lava lake, approx. 10x20 meters in diameter, is active inside the main crater of the volcano. This activity seems to have started in mid December and has been continuing since.
Monday, Dec 14, 2015
According to local press articles referring to information from INETER, the volcano's activity is on the rise, with "lava being close to the surface". ...
Friday, Jun 28, 2013
Seismic activity remains low.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Seismic activity has remained at normal, generally low levels during the past weeks. Occasionally, phases of weak increased tremor are visible.
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