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stratovolcano 1297 m / 4,255 ft
Nicaragua, 12.42°N / -86.54°W
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Momotombo volcano eruptions:
2015-ongoing (2016), 1918 (?), 1905, 1902, 1886-87, 1885 (?), 1882, 1878, 1870, 1858-66, 1854, 1852, 1849, 1764, 1736, 1609 (?), 1605-06, 1578, 1524
Radiocarbon-dated: 1100 ± 50 years, 800 BC ± 50 years, 2550 BC ± 300 years
Typical eruption style:
explosive, strombolian activity
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Momotombo volcano news & activity updates
Tue, 29 Mar 2016, 16:30
Moderately strong explosion at Momotombo on 26 March
A slight increase in activity occurred last week between 23-26 March, when the volcano again produced some mild to moderate explosions, some of which were strong enough to send bombs to its upper outer slopes. ...more
Mon, 14 Mar 2016, 16:29
Momotombo volcano's glow yesterday evening
Explosions seem to have ceased during the past week. Glow remains visible at the crater, suggesting that lava continues to be present there.
Tue, 8 Mar 2016, 07:40
A spectacular explosion at Momotombo yesterday night
The eruption of the volcano continues with little visible changes: Intermittent vulcanian-type explosions of mostly small, but sometimes moderate size continue to occur at rates of 1-2 per day (on average), the stronger ones showering the upper flanks of the cone with incandescent material and producing ash plumes that rise 1-2 km above the summit. ...more
Wed, 2 Mar 2016, 10:27
Explosion at Momotombo this morning
Two moderately strong explosions occurred during the past 24 hours at the volcano, covering the upper slopes of the cone with fresh lava bombs and producing ash plumes that rose approx 2 km. ...more
Tue, 1 Mar 2016, 09:22
Small explosion from Momotombo yesterday
Activity continues, but has been less vigorous during the past two days. A small explosion occurred yesterday morning. Incandescence remains visible at the crater at night.
Mon, 29 Feb 2016, 09:35
Eruption of Momotombo volcano last week (21 Feb, image: Richard Roscoe)
The volcano continues to produce on average 2-3 vulcanian-type explosions per day. Some of them seem to generate small pyroclastic flows. ...more
Wed, 24 Feb 2016, 10:25
Glow from Momotombo's summit crater this morning
Activity has been calmer during the past two days. No new significant explosions occurred in the interval, but incandescence remains visible at the summit crater, indicating small extrusive activity continues.
Mon, 22 Feb 2016, 10:14
Eruption of Momotombo volcano yesterday
Activity has been a bit quieter over the past days, but the volcano continues to produce a few (on average two per day) mild to moderate explosions.
Fri, 19 Feb 2016, 16:52
Eruption of Momotombo this morning
Activity at the volcano has been increasing. During the past days, explosions have become frequent, with intervals of only few hours. The largest on Wednesday evening at 20:50 local time showered almost the cone with incandescent ejecta and produced ash plumes up to 1 km tall. Unconfirmed reports suggest that some of the eruptions also have produced small pyroclastic flows. ...more
Tue, 16 Feb 2016, 09:05
Eruption of Momotombo yesterday
Another moderately strong explosion occurred from the summit crater yesterday 13:08 local time, ejecting an ash plume that rose approx. 1000 m and many incandescent bombs that ignited bush fires on the upper flank of the volcano. ...more
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