1995 eruption of Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

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Cerro Negro volcano, Nicaragua

The 1992 and 1995 eruptions

volcano number: 1404-07= (according to Volcanoes of the World, 1994 edition)

summit elevation: 675 m

location: 12.506°N, 86.702°W

Last changed on 31 December 1995

Cerro Negro is one of the most active volcanoes of Nicaragua, having erupted six times in the last 30 years (1968, 1969, 1971, 1992, May-Aug 1995, and Nov-Dec 1995). Its most recent eruption started on 19 November 1995 and ended on 6 December 1995. Here are some images taken from German newspapers. They do not reach the quality of the amazing photos available at other sites (see the list below) but show stages of the eruption not shown elsewhere.

Cerro Negro during its April 1992 eruption, showing spectacular fire fountaining and lightning display in the eruptive column. Very similar photos were taken during the 1971 eruption, the last pre-1992 activity of the volcano. Taken from "Kieler Nachrichten", 15 April 1992.

The November 1995 eruption started with weak ash emissions, very similar to those of the preceding activity in May-August 1995. Note the wide crater and broad cone left by the powerful April 1992 eruption. Taken from "Basler Nachrichten", 1 December 1995.

Fire fountaining feeding a dense ash plume, probably on 30 November 1995. Photo was published in "Kölner Stadt Anzeiger", 2 December 1995.

More info about Cerro Negro is available at the follwing sites:

UK Volcanologists Home Page with 16 beautiful photos;
Natural Hazards Mitigation Group of the University of Geneva, Switzerland;
Volcano World has two pages about Cerro Negro, one specially concerning the 1995 eruption, the other presenting more general information about the volcano;
CNN report including a movie

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