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Nicaragua volcano spews ash cloud, residents evacuated

Published on Dec 27, 2012 7:20 AM
The San Cristobal volcano spews up large clouds of gas and ash near Chinandegga City, some 150 km (93 miles) north of the capital Managua Dec 26, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

MANAGUA (REUTERS) - Nicaragua's tallest volcano has belched an ash cloud hundreds of metres into the sky in the latest bout of sporadic activity, prompting the evacuation of nearby residents, the government said on Wednesday.

The 1,745m San Cristobal volcano, which sits around 135 km north of the capital Managua in the country's northwest, has been active in recent years, and went through a similar episode in September.

The latest activity began late on Tuesday. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo called on residents who live within a 3km radius of the volcano to leave the area. Around 300 families live near the volcano.

"We have some families who have self-evacuated. ... We ask (the people) to go to a safe place, it's just for a few days during this emergency," she said, adding it was a precautionary measure.

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