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13 Dec 2018 | 10:49 AM UTC

Costa Rica: Increased activity at Turrialba volcano December 12-13

Costa Rica News Alert

Increased activity at Turrialba volcano December 12-13; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/15/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Costa_Rica). COUNTRY/REGION Turrialba Volcano


Increased activity at Turrialba Volcano was reported on December 12-13. Ash plumes between 3 400 and 5 000 meters (11, 155 - 16,400 feet) above sea level were reported on Wednesday, December 12, leading to air transportation disruptions, notably at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which serves the capital San Jose, located approximately 35 km (25 mi) from the volcano. No evacuation order has been issued as of Thursday, December 13.

Continued volcanic activity, along with associated transportation disruptions, are possible in the coming hours and days. Poor air quality could also pose a health risk.


Turrialba is located in the Santa Cruz District (Cartago province). Volcanic and seismic activity is relatively common in Costa Rica, which is home to a number of volcanoes including Turrialba, Irazú, and Poás.


Individuals present in Costa Rica are advised to keep abreast of the situation and take the necessary precautions, such as stocking up on drinking water, wearing respiratory masks, and wearing covering clothing to protect skin from abrasive ash. Be prepared to evacuate if such an order is given.


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