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Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano belches plume of ash

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano has spouted a plume of ash about 1,000 metres high.

The 1,297 metre peak in northwest Nicaragua also emitted some glowing rock on Wednesday, after gas and ash emissions began Tuesday.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said the hot rock and ash “fortunately … are heading toward very sparsely populated areas.”

Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies’ employees watch from a distance the Momotombo volcano’s eruption and lava flow, in the rural community of Papalonal, in Leon, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Dec, 2, 2015. AP Photo/Esteban Felix

Nohelia Zamora lives near the volcano in the township of La Paz Centro.

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Zamora said “since yesterday the volcano has been rumbling and ash and dust has been falling on us.”

In 1610, the city of Leon was destroyed during an eruption of the Momotombo and was relocated west, where it is currently located.

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