Report on Momotombo (Nicaragua) — August 1982

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 8 (August 1982)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Momotombo (Nicaragua) Small vapor plume and incandescence in summit crater

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1982. Report on Momotombo (Nicaragua). In: McClelland, L (ed.), Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 7:8. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN198208-344090.

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Momotombo

Nicaragua

12.423°N, 86.539°W; summit elev. 1270 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


A small vapor plume was still being emitted in August and incandescence could be seen in the summit crater. The maximum fumarole temperature was 825°C . . . . Tremor and small-magnitude discrete earthquakes continued.

Geologic Background. Momotombo is a young stratovolcano that rises prominently above the NW shore of Lake Managua, forming one of Nicaragua's most familiar landmarks. Momotombo began growing about 4500 years ago at the SE end of the Marrabios Range and consists of a somma from an older edifice that is surmounted by a symmetrical younger cone with a 150 x 250 m wide summit crater. Young lava flows extend down the NW flank into the 4-km-wide Monte Galán caldera. The youthful cone of Momotombito forms an island offshore in Lake Managua. Momotombo has a long record of Strombolian eruptions, punctuated by occasional stronger explosive activity. The latest eruption, in 1905, produced a lava flow that traveled from the summit to the lower NE base. A small black plume was seen above the crater after a 10 April 1996 earthquake, but later observations noted no significant changes in the crater. A major geothermal field is located on the south flank.

Information Contacts: D. Fajardo B., INETER; R. Parnell Jr., Dartmouth College.