Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja Volcano Eruption Today Blasts Over 2000 meters

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Photo Credit: Mauricio Cortés / Rincón de la Vieja eruption seen from Upala

The National University’s Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (OVSICORI), reported an eruption at the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste at 2:56 p.m. this Friday, June 23, where the column reached 2000 meters above the crater and 3,916 meters above sea level, (12844.48 ft).

According to the report by OVSICORI, the eruption registered is phreatomagmatic, which means it results from the interaction between magma and water. This type of eruptions usually contains juvenile magmatic clasts.

The activity was short, only lasting one minute,  There are no reports of ash-fall for the time being, but the explosive and violent eruption caused once again a small pyroclastic flow, meaning a current of hot gas and volcanic matter such as rocks that heads down the north slope of the volcano forming a lahar. The lahars that form as a product of eruptions in this volcano usually affect the rivers Pénjamo, Azul and Quebrada Sufrosa.

Volcanologists recommend staying away from these rivers since the water level can increase suddenly.

Video by Gerardo Quesada:

*We will continue to provide updates as more information is released.

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