(MANAGUA, Nicaragua) — Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano erupted Tuesday, showering the northwestern metropolis of Chinandega in ash.
Video from the scene confirmed dramatically decreased visibility in Chinandega early Tuesday afternoon and the sound of cinders falling onto properties, vehicles and streets.
“I used to be having lunch at dwelling when the nice blast got here out and the sky began to darken,” mentioned lawyer Pablo Medina, who lives about four miles (7 kilometers) from Nicaragua’s tallest volcano. He mentioned an intense odor of sulfur engulfed his dwelling and ash coated all the things.
“It was a speedy eruption, a single huge explosion after which the volcano spent some 30 minutes spewing gases,” mentioned author Jorge Lenín Duarte, a cultural promoter in Chinandega.
Some companies have been pressured to shut as visibility was decreased to almost zero. Hours later, residents have been nonetheless cleansing up.
There was lesser exercise on the volcano just lately, “however in the present day’s explosion was one thing uncommon, particularly sturdy,” Duarte mentioned.
The 1,745-meter (5,725-foot) volcano has been periodically energetic for years. It additionally emitted a big ash plume on Feb. 14.
Vice President Rosario Murillo known as on Nicaraguans to stay calm and mentioned Tuesday’s exercise was a part of “regular eruptions.” She the federal government catastrophe company can be monitoring the scenario, however there was no point out of evacuations.