Volcanic tremor has eased but remains elevated at San Cristobal volcano in Nicaragua. Over 15 explosions were recorded at the volcano on December 26, 2012. Ash columns reach up to 500 meters high, slightly affecting volcano surrounding towns of Tonala, Morazán, Puerto Corinto and Chichigalpa, but without causing any damage.
Yellow alert was issued for the Department of Chinandega. Officials began the precautionary evacuation of some 300 families in the province of Chinandega (northwest) after new ash emissions started at San Cristóbal volcano, following an impressive increase in seismic activity. Some 1,500 farmers living on the slopes of the San Cristobal volcano refused to leave, despite being ordered to evacuate as the volcano spewed gas, sand and ash.
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