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San Cristobal volcano (Nicaragua): series of moderate-to-strong explosions

Wed, 10 Mar 2021, 07:41
07:41 AM | BY: MARTIN
Dense dark ash plume generated from San Cristobal volcano yesterday (image: @SkyAlertMx/twitter)
Dense dark ash plume generated from San Cristobal volcano yesterday (image: @SkyAlertMx/twitter)
SINAPRED reported that a series of five moderate-to-strong vulcanian-type explosions occurred at the volcano between 13:06 and 13:32 local time yesterday.
The strongest eruption at 01:25 local time triggered a dense, dark ash column to an estimated altitude of 8,000 ft (2,400 m) which extended about 17 km to the southwest of the volcano. Ashfall was reported in cities of El Viejo, Chinandega and Chichigalapa.
Expected explosions in the near future will not threaten inhabited areas, but volcanological observatory recommends to keep general precautions.

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Wed, 10 Mar 2021, 06:00

San Cristobal volcano (Nicaragua) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 10 March-16 March 2021 (New Activity / Unrest)

SINAPRED reported that a series of five explosions at San Cristóbal were recorded during 1306-1332 on 9 March. The strongest explosion, at 1325, produced an ash plume that rose 800 m above the crater rim. Ashfall as deep as 2 mm was reported in El Viejo (19 km WSW), Chinandega (16 km SW), and Chichigalapa (16 km S); ash also fell in other communities downwind including Las Grecias, La Mora, and La Bolsa. ... Read all
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stratovolcano 1745 m / 5,725 ft
Nicaragua, 12.7°N / -87°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) San Cristobal volcano eruptions:
2016, 2015, 2012, 2010-11, 2010, 2009, 2008 (Nov), 2008 (Aug), 2007, 2005-06, 2003-04, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999-2000, 1997,1987 (?), 1985 (?), 1977, 1976 (Aug), 1976 (Mar), 1971, 1685, 1684, 1680, 1613 (?), 1528 ± 1 year
Typical eruption style
explosive
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