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Intense Rainfall During Hurricane Mitch Triggers Deadly Landslide and Lahar at Casita Volcano, Nicaragua, on October 30, 1998
This web site illustrates and describes damage from a tragic lahar triggered by rainfall on Casita Volcano, an inactive cone of San Cristobal Volcano, northwestern Nicaragua. When the side of Casita Volcano collapsed on October 30, 1998, more than 2,000 people were killed within minutes as a large lahar swept over the towns of El Porvenir and Rolando Rodriguez. Links are also available to a photoglossary of volcanoes, a site on volcano observatories, a site describing current United States volcanic activity, and sites explaining volcano hazards, including gas, lahars, landslides and tephra.
Intended for grade levels:
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Report
Subject:
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-440
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey, Volcano Hazards Program
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/index.html

Contact: United States Geological Survey, Volcano Hazards Program


Author: K. M. Scott
United States Geological Society (USGS)

Author: J. L. Macias
United States Geological Society (USGS)

Author: F. Cruz
United States Geological Society (USGS)