Eruption at Nicaraguan volcano
May 17, 2011, 22:34 GMT
Managua - Nicaragua's Telica volcano spewed a massive cloud of gas and ash into the air Tuesday following several strong explosions.
Material was ejected 1.2 kilometres into the air above the crater of the 1,060-metre volcano, the seismological institute Ineter said. A total of 50 explosions were recorded.
Since May 9, Ineter has recorded 59 seismic shocks in the area, and Telica had ejected a large amount of sand on nearby cities since Friday.
Sixty nearby villages were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The volcano is located in Leon province, some 130 kilometres north-west of Managua. It last erupted in 1948.