Report on San Cristobal (Nicaragua) — January 1982
Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 1 (January 1982)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.
San Cristobal (Nicaragua) Very little SO2 in the plume; low seismicity
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 1982. Report on San Cristobal (Nicaragua). In: McClelland, L. (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 7:1. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198201-344020.
12.702°N, 87.004°W; summit elev. 1745 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
"COSPEC measurements indicated that very little SO2 was being emitted in the vapor plume. Levels were lower than any measured since San Cristóbal began emitting gases in 1971. Seismicity beneath the volcano has diminished to normal levels, but incandescence could still be observed in the crater."
Geologic Background. The San Cristóbal volcanic complex, consisting of five principal volcanic edifices, forms the NW end of the Marrabios Range. The symmetrical 1745-m-high youngest cone, named San Cristóbal (also known as El Viejo), is Nicaragua's highest volcano and is capped by a 500 x 600 m wide crater. El Chonco, with several flank lava domes, is located 4 km W of San Cristóbal; it and the eroded Moyotepe volcano, 4 km NE of San Cristóbal, are of Pleistocene age. Volcán Casita, containing an elongated summit crater, lies immediately east of San Cristóbal and was the site of a catastrophic landslide and lahar in 1998. The Plio-Pleistocene La Pelona caldera is located at the eastern end of the complex. Historical eruptions from San Cristóbal, consisting of small-to-moderate explosive activity, have been reported since the 16th century. Some other 16th-century eruptions attributed to Casita volcano are uncertain and may pertain to other Marrabios Range volcanoes.
Information Contacts: R. Stoiber and S. Williams, Dartmouth College; D. Fajardo B., INETER.