Photos show the changes at Costa Rica’s Poas Volcano National Park caused by eruptive activity

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The Poás Volcano has been experiencing a peak of activity for almost a month, the last big explosion took place on Saturday evening, since then, the volcano has continued emanating a column of vapor and has presented small eruptions, a few reaching just close to 1 kilometer in altitude.

Although the eruption on Saturday evening forced the park rangers to leave the National Park, the professionals from the OVSICORI (National University’s Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute) and the National Seismology Network took advantage of the decrease in activity to run different studies, reinstall the equipment that had suffered damages, and verify the general conditions at the National Park.

The emanations form the volcano have caused the surrounding vegetation to go from green to grey, affected by the gases and small quantities of ash expelled by the volcano, birds and small animals are no longer seen in this area. The observation deck has also suffered damages, specially caused by the hot rocks while the rails are covered in ash and sediments.

The effects of the eruptions are limited to the area of the National Park, and have not affected nearby communities.

Although the Poás Volcano National Park remains closed until further notice, Costa Rica’s President, Luis Guillermo Solís, visited several local businesses near the volcano during the weekend in hopes to encourage others to continue to visit the many touristic sites here, which are currently struggling because of the diminished number of visitors; according to experts these regions are safe and can actually offer great views of the volcano; rivers, such as the area known as Bajos del Toro, are the only areas where tourism is not recommended and security warnings continue.

The following video was captured yesterday with the use of a drone by Vision Air C.R. and shows the current scenario at the Poás Volcano:

The camera of the National Seismology Network are now showing a live feed from both the Poás (top) and Turrialba (bottom) Volcanoes activity:

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