Experts sent in to monitor volcano hotspot as THREE more magma mountains blow their tops


Volcano experts from the US, UK, Costa Rica and local geologists are observing activity at four active peaks in Nicaragua after the flurry of explosions.

The biggest, and most active, is the enormous 1,297-metre Momotombo stratovolcano, near the city of León.

Momotombo, on the north of Lake Managua 25 miles from Nicaragua’s capital Managua, blew for the first time in 110 years in December, and has been active ever since.

In a post about the situation Costa Rican English-speaking news site The Tico Times wrote it had sent “geologists and local townspeople into a tizzy”

It added: “In fact, there’s been so much volcanic and seismic activity in Nicaragua lately that experts from the United States, the United Kingdom, Nicaragua and Costa Rica are carefully studying and observing the situation.”

Geologists from the US Geological Survey announced last week they are studying and assessing risks from Momotombo and the other active volcanoes in the country.

Both Télica and Masaya began erupting at the same time as Momotombo, and continue to do so.

Meanwhile, Cerro Negro, which has so far not erupted, recorded bursts of seismic activity last week.

The Tico Times added; “To date, Momotombo hasn’t placed any nearby residents in danger, but that’s not to say it couldn’t. 

“In 1610, a Momotombo eruption forced residents of the then-Spanish city of León to relocate 30 miles to the west.”

Nicaragua’s Seismology Network said: “The danger of this seismic activity is because it’s from Plinian eruptions, which are characterised by a high level of explosiveness.” 

Scientists say the world is currently in a volcano season and historically they are also more likely from November to April in the northern hemisphere when ice, rain and snowfall can compress the bedrock.

Worryingly, scientists say research over the last 300 years of volcanic activity shows we are currently in a “volcano season” meaning increased activity is expected.

Research said the world should expect a major catastrophic volcanic eruption in the next 50 to 80 years, but we are woefully unprepared for the fallout.