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Nicaragua’s Concepción volcano erupts 12 December 2009

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Concepción volcano in Nicaragua has erupted, with an explosion of gas and ashes that reached 150 metres into the air. The eruption took place at 08:40 local time (14:40 GMT) yesterday. Three villages located on the slopes of the volcano, Los Angeles, Esquipulas and San José del Sur, were affected by ashfall. There are no reports of injuries or serious disruption resulting from this eruption.

Concepción (summit elevation around 1700 metres) is one of two volcanoes making up the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua: the other is Maderas, to which Concepción is connected by a narrow isthmus. Around 35,000 people live on Ometepe, which is one of Nicaragua’s most popular tourist destinations. Concepción is among the most active Nicaraguan volcanoes, with frequent explosive eruptions over the last century.

[Hat tip: commenter Rubén.]

Volcán Concepción lanza gases y cenizasEl Nuevo Diario, 11 December 2009
Volcán en lago nicaragüense lanza cenizas – Reuters América Latina, 11 December 2009
El volcán Concepción de Nicaragua registra explosiones y lanza gases y cenizas – EFE, 11 December 2009

Global Volcanism Program: Concepción – summary information for Concepción (1404-12=)
Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales – INETER main page
INETER Comunicados Oficiales – INETER volcano bulletins (hopelessly out of date)

The Volcanism Blog


1. Curniss McGoldrick - 9 March 2010

I saw Concepción errupt today as I was flying into Costa Rica. It looked like a pyroclastic flow.

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