The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of the National University of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) released images and video on Friday of the recent activity of Turrialba Volcano, which last week continued to spew ash, gases and incandescent rocks .
Images were obtained using two cameras, normal and thermal , located near the crater. They show hot gases and rocks during a small eruption recorded on October 26, expelled rocks (ballistic) up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) and weighing up to 1 kg, which were found at 400 meters from the crater.
Rocks are registering temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius (932 °F). OVSCORI collected some that registered over 140 °C (284 °F) an hour after they landed. Ash and vapor eruptions resumed two weeks ago, following a brief period of low activity, but volcanologists say they are part of the volcano’s normal cycle.
Eruptions this week were mostly brief, but one recorded at about 5 a.m. Friday lasted for 20 minutes, OVSICORI reported. Turrialba Volcano, located 50 kilometers east of San José, has seen constant activity for about five years.
According to OVSICORI, Turrialba’s most recent eruptive cycle began on Oct. 10 with several tremors and a strong eruption on Oct. 16 that launched ash 800 meters into the air. Eruptions restarted on Oct. 23, and the volcano has since maintained intermittent activity.
The National Emergency Commission keeps a two-kilometer perimeter around the crater closed to tourists. Currently only experts from OVSICORI and the National Seismological Network are allowed in the crater’s area, usually to take measurements and for cleaning their equipment.
November 01, 2015 . Turrialba, Costa Rica :
Source : Tico Times.