Poas Volcano National Park in Costa Rica will Remain Closed due to Continuous Eruptions

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The Poás Volcano in Alajuela, Costa Rica continued with high activity this Sunday, small phreatic eruptions are reported every hour, but the biggest eruptions took place at 1:46 p.m. and a larger one at 1:55 p.m. local time.

The second eruption was visible from different points of the metropolitan area, extending one thousand meters in altitude.

The blast once again expelled rocks of large size one of them of 2 meters in diameter fell just 30 meters from one of the trails used by tourists breaking a water-pipe in the National Park, the damage was already repaired and even though the workers went in with protective gear they still suffered irritation of their eyes and throat due to the effect of the vapors emanating from the crater.

Due to the continuous activity, the National Park will remain closed to the public until further notice. Personnel at the park still needs to evaluate the damages to the infrastructure and consider the security of the visitors before it reopens.

Members of the National University’s Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (OVSICORI) will continue monitoring the activity of the volcano and the changes in the crater and the lake. The volcanic dome has also suffered changes, as you can see in the images included in our gallery, provided by the National Seismology Network, the dome shows erosion in a small area after the eruptions of April 13 and in photos taken today the destruction of a large section is evident after the activity of the last few days.

The green alert remains for the seven counties of: Poás, Valverde Vega, Alajuela, Zarcero, Grecia, San Carlos and Río Cuarto.

The tourism industry in the area close to the volcano is suffering the consequences of this natural phenomenon, specially since it occurred during a time of high visitation.

 

 

 

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