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Masaya volcano
caldera 635 m / 2,083 ft
Nicaragua, 11.98°N / -86.16°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Masaya volcano eruptions:
2012, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004 (?), 2003, 2001, 1999-2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993-94, 1989, 1987, 1965-85, 1948, 1946-47, 1925, 1919-24, 1918, 1913, 1906, 1904, 1902-03, 1858-59, 1858 (?), 1856-57, 1853, 1852, 1772, 1670, 1613 (?), 1586, 1570, 1551, 1524-44
Tephrochronology and radiocarbon-dated: 150 AD, 170 BC ± 100 years, 4050 BC
Typical eruption style:
effusive, sometimes lava lakes, strombolian activity
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Masaya volcano news & activity updates

Masaya volcano (Nicaragua): lava lake remains very active

Sunday Apr 03, 2016 08:32 AM | BY: T

Video snapshot of Masaya's lava lake around 28 Mar 2016
Video snapshot of Masaya's lava lake around 28 Mar 2016
The activity of the volcano's new lava lake remains very intense. Erosion by the violently degassing ("boiling") lava continues to gradually widen the walls of the pit crater containing the lake.
The following video (taken at the end of March) gives a good impression:
Previous news
View of the lava lake in Masaya's Santiago crater on 1 March 2016 (image: OrgNicAmbTv)
Friday, Mar 04, 2016
The activity of the lava lake in the Santiago crater has been increasing in the past week. In a recent bulletin, INETER mentions that the previously two ponds in two adjacent vents have now joined, probably as a result of erosion by the violently degassing and convective lava. ... [more]
Masaya's lava lake this morning (INETER webcam)
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016
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. ... [more]
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. ... [more]
The lava lake in Masaya crater on 30 Dec 2015 (image: Maria Timmer / @ScienceByMaria / twitter)
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. [more]
Crater glow at Masaya volcano this morning (INETER crater webcam)
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". ... [more]

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