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Nicaragua's San Cristobal volcano spews ash

Xinhua, March 6, 2015 Adjust font size:

Nicaragua's San Cristobal volcano registered two "strong explosions" Thursday, spewing ash as high as 500 meters into the sky, local media reported.

The volcano, Nicaragua's highest at 1,745 meters above sea level, registered its first explosion just before 2 p.m. local time (2000 GMT), sending ash and smoke some 200 meters skyward.

The second column of gas and ash, some 10 minutes later, reached 500 meters, said the daily La Prensa.

Carlos Caceres, head of civil defense for the northwestern province of Chinandega, was reported to have headed to the site to assess risk levels to local communities.

Local radio stations reported ash falling on several communities around the volcano, but no damage.

San Cristobal is considered to be one of the Central American nation's most active volcanoes.

Late Wednesday, the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (Ineter), the country's earthquake monitoring service, reported registering seismic activity near another volcano, Apoyeque, which is located some 30 km northwest of capital Managua. Endi