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July 7, 2023

Alert: Volcan San Cristobal Activity

U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua
Alert for U.S. Citizens
July 6, 2023

Location: Chinandega, Nicaragua

Event: On July 5, 2023, Volcan San Cristobal began emitting gas and ash and similar activity may continue over the coming days.  Per information published by the Nicaraguan government, this activity is not expected to impact the health and safety of the surrounding population, however, individuals in the surrounding area of Chinandega should be aware of the possibility of acid rain in the coming days and avoid exposure.  Please monitor information from the local authorities for the latest guidance (links below).  There is no current impact on airport operations in Managua.

Actions to take:

  • Avoid travel to the restricted area around Volcan San Cristobal and monitor local media for updates. Do not hike in or attempt to access the Volcan San Cristobal area.
  • The status of Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua is available at https://www.eaai.com.ni/en.
  • Information on the volcano’s latest status can be found through the Nicaraguan emergency management authority (SINAPRED): https://twitter.com/CDSINAPRED and SINAPRED – Inicio.
  • We encourage U.S. citizens in Nicaragua to notify friends and family of their well-being and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular information.


Please follow the links or call the numbers below for consular assistance.