Friday, August 18, 2017

Ash emission from San Cristobal volcano affects 50 000 people, Nicaragua

Nicaraguan authorities reported a new ash emission started at San Cristobal volcano early Friday morning, August 18, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place on April 22, 2016. 
The volcano began degassing Friday morning, followed by an expulsion of ash and strong sulfuric stench from 05:18 CST (11:18 UTC). Ashfall affected 86 localities in Chinandega and 92 in El Viejo, which is more than 50 000 citizens, La Prensa reported.
The Municipal Committee for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED) held an emergency meeting and warned citizens of possible health problems caused by ashfall, which remained constant for almost 5 hours.
Residents near the volcano, and those affected by ashfall, are reminded to use masks or wet towels to cover their mouth, nose and eyes.
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