The Civil Defence Department in Nicaragua is preparing to evacuate 3,703 families living in nearby communities after the explosions with emission of gases, ash and sand was seen emanating from the Telica Volcano.
Nicaragua authorities announced Monday the activation of a contingency plan in the west of the country after the entry into Telica volcano's activity, which in the past three days has issued columns of gas, ash, sand and water vapor. It has also led to increased microearthquakes, Civil Defense confirmed. In a press conference in Managua (capital), the deputy chief of Civil Defense of Nicaragua, Colonel Nestor Solis said that triggered the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention Telica. The authority explained that the operation addressed three municipalities (Telica, Quezalguaque, in the province of León, and Posoltega, in the province of Chinandega) and said that was applied "to respond to a possible emergency that could arise from increased activity in this Colossus, with a height of a thousand and 61 meters. There are a 1,642 families, with 8,211 people, 1,533 thousand households, which are at very high risk," he added. Solis also said the Civil Defense Corps is ready for immediate evacuation of 50 families in the event of a new explosion or increased seismic activity due to the volcano. "Today (Monday) is in relative calm" he said. On the other hand, this Monday, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET), noted that the activity recorded by the crater "indicates that the volcano is in a process for an event a little bigger." The information was confirmed by the agency director, Angela Muñoz, who warned that the seismicity at the volcano has risen to 500 microns, less than one on the Richter scale, invisible to the population. "I can probably be another explosion," said the expert, who said the Ineter is doing analysis of the sand and gas has driven the volcano since its reactivation. The temperature in the volcano is quite high and as a result of rain Saturday night, clogged the crater, causing higher pressure than the outside throw rocks, ash and a large amount of gases. This crater 61 meters in height thousand active since 1527, and without this revival, his last violent eruption was in 1948. Despite this, in later years has been driving the giant smoke and roaring sporadically. On July 31, 1994, an eruption produced a column of gases and ash that reached heights of around 800 meters above the crater rim, and distances of 17 kilometers. Five years later, on May 21, 1999 began a phreatic eruption (with water) with some explosions in the crater, which was repeated on June 5 next. On 10 August the same year recorded another strong eruption Telica, hit it with gas and ash several nearby villages. - TeleSurfTV.WATCH: News report of the explosions at the Telica Volcano.