1947: Fatal Volcanic Eruption in Nicaragua Menaces Close by Town
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, July 21. — The Cerros Negros volcano, which for the previous ten days has been spewing scorching stones and volcanic ash over the geographical region, unexpectedly broke with an amazing roar into an eruption these days, inflicting quite a lot of deaths in Leon, 13 miles away.
Experiences from Leon indicated not anything can save the town from destruction.
Whole evacuation of the town of 70,000 used to be right away pondered.
The volcano prior to now ten days of eruptions has ravaged an estimated 289 sq. miles of Nicaragua’s richest farmlands and left 1000’s homeless.
Leon Town’s 70,000 can be added to these already pushed from safe haven by means of ashes and the heavy fog of gasoline, which accounted for an unestimated choice of deaths in Leon these days.
The 1,731-foot cone — 13 miles northeast of Leon Town — tossed rocks 1000’s of ft into the air as awed correspondents watched from a railroad automobile close to Leon.
In an hour’s journey newshounds noticed useless horses, farm animals and different animals alongside the tracks.
On the small the city of Malpaicillo, out of the chance zone, there have been about 500 half-naked individuals who had fled from farms and have been watching for transportation to govt camps.
Pastures and farms for miles across the volcano have been coated with inches of black ashes, and the sky used to be darkened nearly to the density of evening by means of clouds of smoke.
— New York Usher in Tribune, Ecu Version, July 22, 1947.