September 16, 2012 – Nicaragua’s San Cristobal Volcano Forces Mass Evacuations: The Nicaraguan government says about 3,000 people are being evacuated from areas near the San Cristobal volcano. Pictured above, a plume of ash and smoke stretches miles into the atmosphere.
Soldiers have been sent to the region, northwest of the capital Managua, after the government ordered local communities to leave.
The volcano began erupting on Saturday morning, shortly after powerful explosions were heard.
The authorities say they expect more gas emissions and sporadic explosions.
Some 20,000 people could eventually be affected, said government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.
Strong activity: The 1,745-metre volcano (5,700-foot) is the highest mountain in Nicaragua and one of the most active along the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. (Credits: BBC News – Latin America.)
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