...and then the Volcano Exploded!

I'm not convinced that life is less dangerous on Long Island, but I can say that I've never EVER had to worry about volcano eruptions. Now, that I live in the ring of fire, that has changed a little bit. San Cristobal is the tallest volcano in Nicaragua and is located in the department of Chinandega. Regardless of where I am in my site, San Cristobal is there- looming, protecting. Its beautiful to see from afar and I often take time to appreciate its immensity. Its active, meaning there was always a possibility for an eruption, but to be honest, I actually didn't think too much of the possibility of that occurring during my service. And well, it happened! Volcano San Cristobal erupted 3 times this past Saturday!

In the 20+ months I've lived here I've never seen the Volcano smoking like it was Saturday morning. Here are a few photos:

All this volcano activity/evacuation happened so fast- It was really overwhelming! My Saturday morning went something like this:

8:35am After sleeping in late, my neighbor wakes me up. The repair guy is here to fix my front door.
8:55am Received a call from a PCV. She tells me to look out my window at San Cristobal.
8:56am I look out my front door and realize San Cristobal is going off! It's emitting too much smoke and it's much darker in color than I ever remember seeing.
8:57am I call the Safety and Security officer to let him know the Volcano is going crazy.
9:25am After talking to the Country Director and the Safety and Security Officer, I send out the evacuation message to all PCVs in Chinandega.
10am Emergency bag packed. No time for a shower or breakfast. Contacted family at home. Headed to meet up with the other PCVs. Run out the apartment, leaving the repair man in my house, still fixing my door with my landlord.
3:30pm Arrive in Managua. Receive a briefing on the Volcano & Earthquake activity happening. We're all told that were headed to Granada until its safe to go back home.
6:30pm Arrive in Granada. Contact family back home and in site. Eat. Sleep. Think about all the craziness.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Nicaragua? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Nicaragua in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez