View of the San Cristobal volcano erupting in the Nicaraguan city of Chinandega, some 150 kilometers (around 93 miles) from the country’s capital Managua, on September 8, 2012.
Nicaragua has begun evacuating around 3,000 people after the country’s largest volcano, San Cristobal, which is located along its Pacific coast, started to erupt with vehemence.
Authorities have so far pointed to no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but the government has issued a yellow alert in a sign that emergency plans had been activated following the eruption on Saturday of the volcano, located about 154 kilometers (95 miles) north of the capital Managua, Reuters reported.
The volcano has let out an ash plume of up to five kilometers (three miles), which has formed a cloud extending 48 kilometers (30 miles).
Firefighter Sergeant Fernando Quintero said, "At this stage, we try to evacuate the people, who are in the neighboring areas, but most resist being evacuated."
The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies noted in a preliminary report that "more gas emissions and sporadic explosions” could be expected from San Cristobal, and said in its monthly bulletin that the volcano has emitted "abundant gases in a constant manner."