Nicaragua’s Momotombo volcano erupts for 1st time in 110 yrs (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Lava flows from the Momotombo volcano during an eruption as seen from Papalonal village, Nicaragua, December 2, 2015. © Reuters
Nicaragua's landmark Momotobo volcano has erupted for the first time in 110 years, spitting lava and sending plumes of smoke into the sky to the delight of social media users worldwide.

The last time the volcano erupted was in 1905, and up until then it was one of the most active volcanoes in the country, producing 10 eruptions between 1849 and 1905.

As long ago as 1610, an eruption by Momotombo forced the inhabitants of nearby León, the then-capital, to relocate about 30 miles west.

In 2007, the hydrothermal system in Momotombo’s summit crater began to heat up, so this latest eruption may well be a result of nearly 10 years of magmatic activity.

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A video posted by Newzulu (@newzulu_wire) on

#Momotombo ronco y sonoro. La leyenda despertó. #Nicaragua

A photo posted by Sulvania Silva (@sulnaza_94) on


A photo posted by Edwin Ramirez (@edwin_ramirez_10) on

#momotombo #volcan #nicaragua2015

A photo posted by @bitapadilla on

Majestuoso El Momotombo #photooftheday #volcanmomotombo #momotombo #Managua Foto cortesía Cuadra Cruz

A photo posted by ibt (@sol_de_libertad) on

#momotombo #nicaragua

A photo posted by Hector Garcia (@hg_hector) on

#NBD, just flying by the first #momotombo #volcano #eruption in 110 years.

A video posted by Gold Minor (@goldminormusic) on