Costa Rica earthquake awakens Nicaraguan volcano, which last erupted in 50 B.C: alert level raised

Saturday, September 8, 2012
By Paul Martin
September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012 – MANAGUA – The Apoyeque Volcano, located northwest of the capital, was calm Friday, but officials continued monitoring it for volcanic tremors, a release from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) said. The agency registered 21 low-intensity volcano-related tremors between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, prompting the government to issue a green advisory alert. Seismic activity near the volcano, located 10 kilometers northwest of Managua, “decreased Friday morning, but it doesn’t mean that it has disappeared,” INETER Geophysics Director Angélica Muñoz told reporters. She also announced that a group of experts will travel to the volcano to investigate the earthquakes causes. The volcanic tremors began after a magitude- 7.6 earthquake hit neighboring Costa Rica on Wednesday. –Tico Times

The last eruption of the volcano was in 50 B.C. The volcano is capable of VEI 6 stage eruptions.

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