Intense Eruption of Poas Volcano Prompts Park Closure in Costa Rica

0

The Poás Volcano in Costa Rica erupted on Monday, October 1, 2019.

The volcanic explosion has prompted officials to temporarily close the popular tourist attraction because of a “high probability” of more eruptions.

poas volcanic eruption costa rica, poas volcanic eruption costa rica october 2019, poas volcanic eruption costa rica video
The eruption Monday of Poás Volcano in Costa Rica has prompted officials to temporarily close the popular tourist attraction because of a “high probability” of more eruptions. Picture via Ovsicori Facebook video

The dawn eruption, captured on video by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), sent a column of ash more than a mile above the 8,885-foot volcano.

Poás Volcano National Park, located 29 miles northwest of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, remained closed Tuesday and a reopening date had not been announced at the time of this post.

According to Tico Times, the closure was ordered by the National Emergency Commission, which stated:

“Poás Volcano will remain closed on Tuesday, Oct. 1 due to the high probability of eruptive activity. After the eruption presented at 5:40 a.m. on Sept. 30, both the National Seismological Network and OVSICORI-UNA found that the seismic tremor signal associated with volcanic activity remains high with fluids in the internal ducts of the volcano. In addition, there is a presence and a significant concentration of SO2 (Sulfur Dioxide) at the viewpoint.”

Poás had previously erupted on Sept. 22, prompting a 48-hour closure of the park. That was a hydrothermal event, however, involving mostly water vapor.

The volcano has erupted 40 times since 1828, including a major eruption in April 2017, which prompted the evacuation of tourists and area residents. Meanwhile the Shivelush volcano also erupted yesterday sending a column of smoke and ash 30,000 feet in the air.

Poás reopened in September 2018 with a wide safety perimeter around the erupting crater. Hopefully the Poas volcano will rapidly calm down. [FTW]

Follow us: Facebook and Twitter. By the way you can also support us on Paypal. Please and thank you!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.