Turrialba volcano erupts!
Last Wednesday night (Oct. 29) a huge volcanic eruption spewed ash, rocks and possibly magma from the Turrialba Volcano, located 60 kilometers northeast of Costa Rica’s capital, San José.
As strange as it may sound, this is a dream — especially if you are a volcanologist! Among the observations by volcanologists conducting inspections in the area around Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano were craters in the earth measuring up to one meter in diameter – the result of rocks shooting out from the volcano.
Spewed ash reached several areas north of San José, located 60 kilometers southwest of the volcano, and several areas in the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia and Limón. According to the RSN, it was the first time ash had appeared in Limón, falling on the city of Guápiles.
“The Turrialba Volcano is very active,” González said. “The hole formed after the first explosion has grown and is about 150 meters long and 100 meters wide. It’s getting bigger, and the volcano’s walls continue collapsing because explosions of gas, ash and rock are constant. We also found small amounts of lava.”
If you are not familiar with where exactly Turrialba is, take a look at the map below. So this volcano is pretty far away from say, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste. Nonetheless, a volcano of this proportion is very serious and could mean other volcanic eruptions could occur in this very small country containing several active volcanoes and even earthquakes from time to time. It’s interesting this volcanic eruption is not getting the press and publicity other volcanoes such as in Hawaii are getting. In Costa Rica, we are used to such natural phenomenons! Not to make light of the magna-tude (ha!) or anything, it’s simply a way of life when you are surrounded by natural diversity that changes on a daily basis. Volcanoes, earthquakes, rainy season mudslides, trade winds, changing coastlines, turbulent beaches, evolving rainforests, miles of pastureland and so many other natural environments. So next time someone asks — tell them Turrialba volcano erupted with an unexpected force that rivals its Pacific neighbors’.
So no matter what kind of natural phenomenon occurs, Costa Rica is used to an ever-changing environment – including Turrialba volcano erupting!