Volcano eruption covers villages in ash
Posted Fri 11 Dec 2009 at 12:19pm
Nicaragua's Concepcion volcano has erupted, spewing gas and smoke almost 150 metres into the air and dumping ash on three nearby villages.
There were no immediate reports of damage, but Nicaragua's Ineter geophysics agency said authorities were on alert in case of new eruptions.
Concepcion and its dormant twin Maderas together form Ometepe, an hourglass-shaped island in Lake Nicaragua.
Towering at 1,610 metres high, Concepcion is one of the world's highest lake island volcanoes and has been active since the 19th century.
Ometepe, a word in the Nahuatl language that means two peaks, has a population of 35,000 and is popular with tourists thanks to its lush vegetation and archaeological sites.
In 2005, tremors caused by Concepcion damaged dozens of huts in the area and injured a handful of people.
Posted 11 Dec 2009
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