August 11, 1999

Another volcano erupts in Nicaragua

                  MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Less than a week after the Cerro Negro
                  volcano erupted and shuddered, the nearby Telica volcano shook and spat
                  ash on Tuesday.

                  The national Institute of Territorial Studies said the 1060-meter (3,500-foot)
                  Telica volcano erupted at about 1 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) "with a
                  strong seismic tremor and the expulsion of gases and ash."

                  There were no reports of damage, injury or evacuation near the volcano,
                  which is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the city of Leon and 75
                  kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Managua.

                  The Cerro Negro volcano some 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the southeast of
                  Telica was relatively calm on Tuesday. It began spewing ash and gas on
                  Thursday and over the weekend shook with earthquakes that destroyed at
                  least 17 houses. Some 2,000 people were evacuated from villages near the

                  Telica is one of the region's most active volcanos, with at least six eruptive
                  cycles this century. It spewed some ash in June.

                  Cerro Negro erupted in 1867, 1992 and 1995.