Nicaragua volcano sends 5,000 from homes

Sept. 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- At least 5,000 people in Nicaragua were in shelters Sunday as a huge volcanic eruption blasted gas and smoke miles high, emergency officials said.

The San Cristobal volcano roared to life with three explosions Saturday, government spokesman Guillermo Gonzalez said.

Ash and gases from the volcano were blasted more than 2 miles upward from the 5,700-foot mountain, some 80 miles north of the capital, Managua, CNN reported.

The mandatory evacuation of people living on the mountain began within minutes of the first explosion, officials said.

Government emergency officials said as many as 20,000 people could be affected by the fall-out from the volcano, but no other evacuations had been announced by midday Sunday.

The volcanic mountain is Nicaragua's highest and last erupted in 2011, the report said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Russia investigates legality of 1991 recognition of Baltic independence
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of 10 Commandments at state capitol
China's Great Wall is quickly disappearing, report says
Demand for mobile phones in North Korea means two per household