The San Cristobal volcano, the very best in Nicaragua and certainly one of its most energetic, spewed a cloud of ash Tuesday that blanketed town of Chinandega and surrounding communities, an area journalist instructed AFP.
The shock eruption ejected a column of smoke and ash that was dumped so far as 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) from the volcano’s foot, Nicaragua journalist Carol Altamirano stated.
The INETER territorial research institute has not issued a report on the eruption, however the non-governmental group Humboldt reported 4 explosions.
“All the things is gray, the crops of rice, sesame, vegetable gardens and fruit bushes and the cattle pasture is roofed in ash,” stated Altamirano.
The huge ash deposit lasted about half-hour, and deep rumbling from the volcano alarmed locals, she added. Automobiles switched on their headlights as all the things went darkish.
Farmers within the space coated their water sources and moved their animals to protected locations, whereas within the metropolis individuals used umbrellas, caps and face masks to protect themselves from the ash rain, stated the journalist.
The 1,745-meter (5,725 foot) excessive San Cristobal is certainly one of seven energetic volcanoes within the Central American nation.
It’s situated within the Chinandega area, 132 kilometers northwest of the capital Managua.