Nicaragua 2016

  Volcano Masaya and Telica   

21. to 26. of April

M. Szeglat, R.Roscoe, M.Rietze, Th.Boeckel


    


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Arrival

Go to the side and wait for the other two. Why, I asked Marc? -we 4 should appear close in the lobby of the airport of Managua. A surprisingly warm welcome of the Nicaragua TV teams who interviewed us in the presence of Dr. Wilfried Strauch (Ineter) and Oliver Wiesenegger was the reason. Sure, we were plat after 16 hours of flight. Despite the surprise effect and without textual preparation we still could explane our intension to capture the  Masaya in our cameras and to describe briefly our global longstanding volcanic missions.

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Volcano Masaya     

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Maps by Google earth,  shows the nearby situated city of Managua to the volcano Masaya

If you move in southeastern direction leaving the municipal areas of the city of Managua, after 20 minutes the almost inconspicuous and peaceful looking 6 x11km! wide old caldera of the volcano Masaya appears on the right side. The access through the less eroded lava fields of the park point out the recent activities of the volcano.

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The name 'La Boca del Infierno' (Hell's Gorge) was the idea of the Spanish conquistadors. A nightly view from apprx. 5km distance, one might assume already that this could be devils home. To ward off these antipathetic guy and banish him where he belongs to, in the 16th century a cross was erected in honor of the Church Father Francisco Bobadilla 'La Cruz de Bobadilla' near the edge of the crater.

Also the appearing young lava fields have a reason. During the eruption of Masaya 1772 the lava flowed in a spacious area which is now called Piedra Quemada (burnt stone). Very interesting was the naming of the indigenous population, 'Popogatepe'. This name in Nahuatl for a burning mountain, was also the ancient nomenclatur for the mighty volcano Popocatépetl in Mexico, whereby the violent eruptions were also interpreted as the anger of the gods. Back to Masaya. Also sacrificial rituals were reported by the Spanish conquistadors in the ancient times. To appease the gods, the local population brought human sacrifices to the volcano, which were often small children or virgins.

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Maps by Google earth

Arriving in the city of Masaya and the "younger active' crater area, with a length diameter of about 1.2 km

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The actual active Santiago crater with a diameter of 400m and an estimated depth of 250-300m.

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The budding darkness reveals the strong activity of the lava lake. The inner semicircle measures about 160m in diameter.

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The wild bubbling lava sea has the dimension of may 20x40m

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The crater walls are reflecting the bright red lava of the sea.

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Right in the background the city Managua. The volcano is located quite close to the city, but it requires a very violent eruption to bring the nearest populated areas in danger.

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Martin and Marc with strongly inclined camera at the near edge. Here absolute caution was necessary, because the inclined surface zone often consisted of loose slag material. Then 100m vertically downward walls will expect you. Right photo. Dr. Wilfried Strauch in an interview with Marc.

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Light impressions at the crater ...

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..and our 'shadow existence' at the crater rim

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Momentary shots show the wild lava lake which apparently increased during our presence in its activity.

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Martin and Richard at the steep edge. Right: This is how freedom looks!

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Oliver, a perfect companion with inexhaustible knowledge about the volcanoes of Nicaragua and the history of this country.

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A surprisingly colorful and unique feature in the city of Managua. Even at the nightly landing overfly this 25m high steel trees fitted with thousands of light bulbs, are visible remarkable.

 Volcano Telica 

  

The currently active volcano Telica was also in our mind, and so Oliver organized a trip passing the city of Leon ca. 100km in the north west direction.

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A small security refueling by using plastic bottles ;-)

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The route was also passing the Momotombo volcano. In February the volcano did make trouble with explosive outbursts, lava discharge and pyroclastic flows. In our case, the 1297m high volcano just had a rest, but an possible active phase may can occur again. Links at bottom of page.

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After a bumpy four weeled tour of 1.5 hours we reached in the afternoon the volcano Telica with its 1021m altitude. An approaching storm front stopped our urge to explore initially but after the celestral electric more or less ceased, we ventured late our climb.

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This was the reason that the deep view was possible into the mighty crater only after dark. But the view was impressive. Also the sound was very unrest and it seemed that there is a strong steam discharge under high pressure.

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Some more details from the interieur. On the left photo a lava sea or flow which was moving very slowly on the bottom is shown. All in all it was a phantastic climb to a volcano which is rare documented and monitored only via web cam.

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The apreciation: After an important part of my tripod head made itself secretly independent in the car, I was heading out very perplexed at the Telica crater rim. Only with Olivers tripod loan I could succeed these recordings. Oliver! - Your tripod is as promised, honored until doomsday.

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The 6000 years old traces of Acahualinca

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An extremely interesting discovery was made in the development and subsequent excavation of the dewatering channels in the urban area of ​​Managua. After the C14 method, these footprints are about 6000 years old and let suggest that a family with their farm animals left their footprints in a previous sludge disposal during an eruption of Masaya on the run. The sludge was burned literally by the subsequent hot ash fall and thus these traces were 'conserved' till now.

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Yet,the measurements of age differ from the results. The museum director told us that German scientist could determine the age of the prints for  about 2,500 years.


At this point a big Thank U for Marc Szeglat who built up this contact (hard work). Also to Dr. Wilfried Strauch from the Instituto INETER and to Oliver Wiesenegger which made it possible to get an very professional guidance and the entrance to the restricted areas of the volcano Masaya.





More about our Nicaragua Tour at

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© 2016, Photos und Text Thorsten Boeckel, 8 photos Oliver Wiesenegger (ow,) last modification 05/14/2016