Costa Rica Closes Off Turrialba Volcano Due to Eruptions
2 MAY 2016. Access to the Turrialba volcano has been closed off, with a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) perimeter established, due to the start of a new cycle of eruptions, the national emergency management office said Sunday. “Due to the constant activity at the Turrialba volcano and the arrival of tourists and the curious, authorities” have decided to restrict access, the agency said in a statement.
The National Seismology Network, or RSN, and Vulcanology and Seismology Observatory, or OVSICORI, registered at least six eruptions on Sunday morning that released gas and ash into the atmosphere.
The volcano has exhibited constant activity since Saturday, officials said. “After a few weeks of relative calm and with several releases of ash and small, isolated explosions at the start of this year, the Turrialba volcano started a new cycle of eruptions,” RSN volcanologist Raul Mora said.
A prolonged release of ash along with a high level of seismic activity was registered almost all day on Saturday, the RSN said. Residents should remain outside the restricted area around the volcano, which is in a national park, the national emergency management office said.
Some access controls will be placed in communities of La Pastora and Guarumos to avoid entries into the park and its surroundings.
This morning, new eruptions occurred with ash fall. The first was reported at 6:43 am and the second at 7:36.
Turrialba has entered its most active eruption phase since October 2014. Turrialba, located about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) east of San Jose, is 3,340 meters (10,950 feet) tall, making it the second-highest volcano in Costa Rica.
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Source : Laht, Repretel.com