1947: Lethal Volcanic Eruption in Nicaragua Menaces Close by Metropolis

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Credit score…Worldwide Herald Tribune

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, July 21. — The Cerros Negros volcano, which for the previous ten days has been spewing scorching stones and volcanic ash over the countryside, immediately broke with an incredible roar into an eruption right this moment, inflicting plenty of deaths in Leon, 13 miles away.

Studies from Leon indicated nothing can save the town from destruction.

Full evacuation of the town of 70,000 was instantly contemplated.

The volcano prior to now ten days of eruptions has ravaged an estimated 289 sq. miles of Nicaragua’s richest farmlands and left hundreds homeless.

Leon Metropolis’s 70,000 can be added to these already pushed from shelter by ashes and the heavy fog of gasoline, which accounted for an unestimated variety of deaths in Leon right this moment.

The 1,731-foot cone — 13 miles northeast of Leon Metropolis — tossed rocks hundreds of ft into the air as awed correspondents watched from a railroad automobile close to Leon.

In an hour’s experience reporters noticed lifeless horses, cattle and different animals alongside the tracks.

On the small city of Malpaicillo, out of the hazard zone, there have been about 500 half-naked individuals who had fled from farms and had been awaiting transportation to authorities camps.

Pastures and farms for miles across the volcano had been lined with inches of black ashes, and the sky was darkened nearly to the density of evening by clouds of smoke.

— New York Herald Tribune, European Version, July 22, 1947.

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