One of Central America's largest volcanoes--Santiago in Nicaragua--is showing signs of activity, and there are fears that it cold erupt.
LV AND GV Santiago volcano smoking in the distance (2 shots)
GV Volcano viewed from street in Managua
GV PAN FROM Volcano rim TO People looking down
SV AND CU Smoking crater mouth (2 shots)
SV AND SV Mouth of carter belching flames (3 shots)
GV Carter smoking seen from bottom of mountain
LS Volcano seen from opposite lakeshore (2 shots)
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Background: One of Central America's largest volcanoes--Santiago in Nicaragua--is showing signs of activity, and there are fears that it cold erupt. Santiago is about 25 kilometres (16 miles) south east of the capital, Managua, and its rim stands about one thousand metres (1,200 yards) above the surrounding countryside.
SYNOPSIS: Nicaragua is a land where volcanoes are as much a part of the landscape as the coffee plantations. And one of the most active of these is Santiago. Its smoking cone is a familiar sight to residents of Managua--a city rimmed by volcanoes.
Tourists are able to drive to the summit and safely watch santiago in the throes of geological indigestion. Occasionally, it belches forth a few pebbles--but so far, it has never proved lethal.
But Santiago is in the centre of one of the world's most seismologically-active areas and violent upheavals have been common over the centuries. Managua was partly destroyed by a severe earthquake on Christmas Eve, in 1972. Some fifteen thousand people died, and more than a quarter of a million were left homeless.
Volcanoes have occasionally erupted in other parts of Nicaragua, but so far Santiago's fiery lava has always remained within the crater. Villagers living on the slopes below Santiago hope things will remain that way.