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Volcano Triggers Mass Evacuation in Nicaragua

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Published on Sep 10, 2012

2012 Officials began evacuating thousands of Nicaraguans who live near the country's largest volcano after it belched an ash plume up to 3 miles into the atmosphere on Saturday. Residents in northwest Nicaragua began to evacuate as San Cristobal volcano spewed out an ash cloud.
Authorities directed traffic and led an orderly evacuation, saying there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage but the government issued a yellow alert, indicating emergency plans had been activated.
The plume formed a cloud extending 30-miles from the 5,725-foot San Cristobal volcano, which is about 95 miles north of the capital Managua in the country's volcano-dotted northwest, said the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter).
The government expects to evacuate about 3,000 people from around San Cristobal, though numerous families have already evacuated of their own accord.
Firefighter Sergeant Fernando Quintero said many people do not want to leave their homes behind.

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