Jan 10, 2007
Managua - Nicaragua's Telica volcano, one of six active in the Central American nation, threw a column of ash and gas hundreds of feet into the air on Tuesday.Around 2 500 people live close to the volcano, but no one was evacuated.A series of explosions and strong winds sent the ash and gas at least 500m above Telica's crater.The 1 090m volcano, is close to Nicaragua's second largest city, Leon, in the east of the country.
MONTSERRAT - The Antigua & Barbuda Meteorological Office has forecast ash fall across the nation from last night into this morning, the result of yesterday’s eruptions at Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills Volcano. The Met Office had been monitoring the situation and noted that satellite pictures were showing ash streaming towards the north and the north east, sending it in the direction of Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts/Nevis. Yesterday morning there was activity at Montserrat’s volcano. The resulting ash cloud was visible from all over that island shooting 30,000 feet into the air, and “the largest pyroclastic flow to date” travelled down Gages Valley and Tyres Ghaut into the head of the Belham River Valley. Alarms were sounded to alert the residents in the northern section of the island, but yesterday’s activity was not immediately threatening to the population. Pyroclastic flow was limited to uninhabited areas and initial wind direction was sweeping the ash away from the island’s population. Montserrat’s alert level remains at 4, however, signalling the potential for serious activity that could affect inhabited areas and trigger evacuations.
Photo Above: Superheated ash and gas are seen from a distance as the Soufriere Hills erupted yesterday in Montserrat. (SUNphoto)