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Masaya, Nicaragua: explosion reported 19 June 2008

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Nicaragua’s Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER) reported on 18 June 2008 that an ‘explosion’ took place in the crater of Masaya volcano at 16:50 local time on that date, resulting in the release of ‘gases and volcanic ash in moderate amounts’. A dark eruption cloud was observed by people in the Masaya Volcano National Park.

Masaya, a 6x11km caldera, is one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua. Unusually for a basaltic volcano it has had explosive eruptions, including, in 4550BC, one of the largest of the past 10,000 years (VEI=5). Long-lasting periods of gas emission from Masaya, with sulphur dioxide being released at rates of more than 1000 tonnes per day, cause localized health hazards and crop damage.

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Masaya – summary information for Masaya (1404-10=)
Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales – INETER main page
INETER Comunicados Oficiales – INETER volcano bulletins

News
Científicos de INETER en volcán Masaya – news release from the Nicaraguan President’s office, 19 June 2008

The Volcanism Blog

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