Poas Volcano Eruption: Vulcanologists from OVSICORI and the National Seismological Network announced two powerful eruptions at Poás Volcano at 7:39 a.m. and 7:57 a.m. on Friday.
The latest eruptions formed an ash and vapor crest of some 9,800 feet (3 kilometers) over the crater, evident from various places in the Central Valley.
OVSICORI estimates that ash could reach communities in the Northwest area of the crater. A region that holds at least fifteen small towns.
The National Seismological Network posted a video made of pictures sent to its social media profiles:
La actividad del volcán Poás, el día de hoy 14 de abril del 2017, ha sido retratada por muchos de nuestros usuarios, quienes amablemente han compartido sus fotogtafías con la comunidad RSN. Aquí resumimos algunas de sus miradas al volcán Poás desde localidades ubicadas principalmente en las provincias de Alajuela, Heredia y San José . ¡Gracias por compartir sus imágenes y contribuir a registrar desde tantas localidades los fenómenos geológicos!
Posted by Red Sismológica Nacional, Costa Rica on Friday, April 14, 2017
The National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a Green (Informative) Alert on Thursday following an explosion Wednesday night at Poás Volcano.
The tourist entrance to the Poás Volcano National Park is closed indefinitely.
The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported that the explosion happened at around 6:30 p.m. and thrown rocks, vapor, fumes, and water into the air and towards the southwest of the crater,
Water and sediments fell on the close by rivers: Agrio, Gata and Desagüe rivers causing a flash flood on the latter.
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CNE Operations Director Walter Fonseca said in a news release that there is a possibility of similar events, so officials recommend that people stay away from these rivers and nearby areas.
Businesses in areas surrounding the volcano, located 47 kilometers northwest of San José, are open and working, as usual, the agency noted.
Visitors were forced to evacuate the popular national park last Sunday as a preventive measure due to an increase in the emanation of gasses from the crater.
Camino Travel has no passengers affected by these events. We will continue updating the news until the situation comes to calm.
(2017). UPDATE: Poás Volcano eruption prompts temporary closure of National park. The Tico Times. Retrieved 15 April 2017, from http://www.ticotimes.net/2017/04/13/poas-volcano-eruption
Curated by Olga Sáenz-Carbonell for Camino Travel