More than 60 small eruptions at Nicaragua's Concepcion volcano

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View of the 1,610 meter high Concepcion active volcano located in the picturesque island of Ometepe, Nicaragua.

MANAGUA - Nicaragua's Concepcion volcano has experienced more than 60 small eruptions since early Wednesday.

"The volcano has spewed gases but no ash," said the coordinator of the Council on Communication and Citizenry, Rosario Murillo.

"Experts from the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, Ineter, are now analyzing this phenomenon," she explained.

Ineter reported two earthquakes of magnitudes 2.4 and 1.3 near the volcano shortly after the eruptions began.

Ineter investigator Armando Saballos said the volcano had shown signs of activity over the past few weeks linked to seismic activity, with small explosions of gas that tended to subside after a few days.

He added that although this was normal, seismic activity could increase in the coming days.

On April 27, Ineter announced that a group of volcanologists would analyze gases from the volcano after the increase in seismic activity was reported.

The 1,610 meter high active volcano is located on the picturesque island of Ometepe, with 36,000 inhabitants.