Momotombo Volcano is a prominent stratovolcano located in Nicaragua on the western shores of Lake Managua. Rising to an elevation of 1,297 meters, its symmetrical cone and history of explosive activity make it one of the most notable volcanoes in Central America. Momotombo is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc, a chain of volcanoes formed due to the subduction of the Cocos Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate. Eruptions from Momotombo have produced primarily basaltic and andesitic lavas.

Location: Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12.424133, -86.539088
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano


Momotombo’s Location

Coordinates:12.424133, -86.539088


Momotombo Latest Status

2021: Momotombo erupts with VAAC Washington issuing an Ash Advisory rising to 1500 meters.


Momotombo’s Eruptive History

Pre-16th Century Evidence of past eruptions, but specific dates unknown.
1522-1610 Several recorded eruptions.
1764 Significant eruption noted.
1886 Eruption with lava flows.
1905 Eruption with significant ashfall and explosions.
2015-2016 Increased activity, gas emissions, minor eruptions, lava flows.
2019 Ash Advisory Issued
2021 Ash Advisory Issued with plume rising 1500m.


Momotombo’s Monitoring

INETER: The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) is responsible for monitoring Momotombo’s activity.

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