Nicaragua went on alert this Monday 12th February after seismic activity was detected during the previous 48 hours in the Capital City of Managua. Several low intensity tremors were registered and physically felt in the morning of the 12th in different parts of Managua. The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) recorded the earthquakes which had a maximum 2.6 magnitude on the Richter scale and were at a depth of six kilometers. Over the previous weekend, similar seismic action was detected originating from the local well known fault lines. The Vice President of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo reminded the population that given the previous history of the capital, every earthquake is cause for concern but asked citizens to keep calm, stay informed and be aware of their local safety procedures. The Government of Nicaragua organizes National Life Safety exercises (known as a Simulacro – Simulation or Drill) throughout the year in order to mitigate losses in the event of a natural Disaster.
According to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER by its acronym in Spanish), over a dozen small tremors (magnitude 2.2 to 2.8) were recorded over the last 24 hours in the surrounding area of the Telica Volcano in the Department of León, northwest Nicaragua. The earthquakes occurred between about 5am and 9pm on Saturday 10th of March 2018 and caused no casualties or property damage. The epicenter of the “seismic swarm” was determined as coming from a depth of between 1 and 6 kilometers.
Telica has an unusual profile, being an area made up of overlapping cones and craters with the most obvious volcano vent being the 700 m wide and 120 m deep double crater at the summit. Fumaroles (openings in the Earth’s crust, emitting steam and gases) as well as mud pots can be found at Hervideros de San Jacinto, south east if Telica (an area popular with tourists and for geothermal exploration).