Posted December 05, 2015 13:20:55

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A volcano in Nicaragua has erupted for the first time in 110 years, spouting ash and lava.

The Momotombo volcano, close to Lake Managua in the country’s west, began erupting this week, National Geographic reported.

The eruption began on Monday, when ash and lava began to spew from the mountain.

Neighborhood media said folks started feeling tremors about two weeks ago.

An update from the Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre on Friday stated seismic activity in the region was decreasing.

Momotombo erupted 10 times in between 1849 and 1905 before going quiet for far more than a century.

It had previously erupted in the 1600s, forcing the relocation of the city of Leon Viejo by about 50 kilometres to the present-day city of Leon, closer to Nicaragua’s west coast.

The mountain’s summit is 1,297 metres tall.

Subjects: volcanic-eruption, geology, nicaragua

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