Dramatic footage emerged from Nicaragua on Monday (11 May) after visitors to Nicaragua's Telica volcano found themselves just metres from its massive crater as it spewed dark clouds of ash and gas high into the sky.

Nicaragua's most-active volcano let out a first, loud explosion on Sunday (10 May) night, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies, or Ineter, which monitors seismic and volcanic activity. Nearly 50 small gas and ash explosions together with seven microearthquakes have since been reported.

The 1,060 metre volcano is located in a rural area of Leon province. According to media, nearby farming communities and homes were covered with ash and soot from Telica.

Although no evacuation order has been issued, authorities are bracing for possible escalation in volcanic activity.

"We have designed a contingency plan for people who find they need to evacuate, their property, and to deal with their animals. We're working with Telica police also and at any moment we'll receive backup from Leon municipality to guarantee the well-being of people who live around the Telica volcano," said police chief Omar Espinoza.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, authorities said. Located 69 miles northwest of the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, some 2,500 people live near the massive volcano.