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Several volcanoes erupt in the same week. Here's where


Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Friday, December 4, 2015, 1:25 PM - Several volcanoes across the globe erupted this week.

It's been 110 years since western Nicaragua's Momotombo volcano has shown any sign of eruptive activity. However, on Tuesday the mountain spewed ash, smoke and lava nearly 3,000 feet into the air.

It was the first eruption since 1905. Residents living near Lake Managua started to feel tremors and noticed plumes of steam from Momotombo several weeks ago, according to local reports.

Surrounding schools have been closed as a result of the volcanic activity.

There have been a few rumbles since the last eruption in 1905. A few seismic swarms were reported between the years of 2003 and 2011, Wired reports, indicating there may have been some magma activity below the mountain.

Momotombo proved to be restless in the late 1800s, with at least 10 eruptions between the years of 1849 and 1905. A large-scale eruption in 1605 ravaged the region of Leon Vieio.

It's been a steady volcanic week in Central America, with Fuego and Santiaguito in Guatemala flaring up. In early November, another Nicaragua volcano Telica, also emitted a small ash plume, Wired reports.

Meanwhile, the eruption of Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe located on the Italian island of Sicily, forced the closure of a nearby airport and left several villages covered in ash.

The blast produced a stunning show of volcanic lightning.

Source: Wired | El Nuevo Diario 

Watch more: Top 5 most dangerous volcanoes in the world


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