After closing the airport briefly early in the week the volcano has remained quite calmed. However, the vulcanologists believe that it is getting ready for some bigger activity.
How do they know? Because of the tremors. Tremors are the little earthquakes that the volcanoes produce when there is a lot of pressure in the inside.
Now… What does this mean for us? Actually nothing that has not happened already in the past few months. Ash, probably. Rocks falling in the already evacuated areas close to the volcano. Maybe some lava flowing slowly as a fantastic view for those who have the chance to see it from far away, in a safe area. Airport closures? Yes. Probably. Hours here and hours there, as it has happened in the past months.
You see… What happens is that the Turrialba is not that close to San José or any heavily populated areas, on one side. On the other, this is not Hollywood or Universal Studios… we are not going to have a big explosion in the middle of the city or pumice stone covering San José and asfixiating us all.
Probably if Pompeii’s tragedy happened now, the tragedy part would have not happen. As science is so well prepared right now to forsee these events and evacuate the areas at risk.
So yes, we are expecting more eruptions… And no. It’s not as dramatic as it may sound.
By now… The Turrialba is calmed… and we are all alert to see what happens.