Nicaragua’s San Cristobal Volcano erupts

Thousands evacuated as volcano belches gas and ash 1,500 meters into the sky in Chinandega


San Cristobal (photo courtesy of Confidencial/ Tierrapinolera/Ricci Rich Silva)

(posted Sept. 8, 11:10 a.m.)- Nicaragua’s largest volcano erupted three times this morning, belching gas and ash 1,500 meters into the sky and forcing the evacuation of thousands of families in the rural northwestern department of Chinandega, according to government media sources. No damages or injuries have been reported.

San Cristobal’s eruption is being monitored by the government officials and could result in the evacuation of 20,000 people, according to first lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.

Guillermo González, director of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters (SINAPRED) reported that 3,000 people in five communities are being affected by gases and ash from the volcano.

San Cristobal is one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanos, registering recent eruptions in 1999, 2006 and 2008.


  • Kevin Shea

    Thankful that citizens and property were safe. I am looking forward to hearing the protocol for dealing with ash in the air. I recommend distribution of N95 masks to citizens particular those that have pre-existing respiratory problems. If build up of ash on ground is high I would suggest this ash is better off as aggregate in cement mixture.

  • Ben

    What can be done to alleviate inhalation of sulfuric acid vapor? I experienced some problems with that when a cloud of gas was suspended overhead from Volcan Santiago.

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