Costa Rica’s Rincon de la Vieja volcano awakens from dormancy after 13 years

October 1, 2011COSTA RICADormant for more than a decade, the Rincon de la Vieja volcano surprised area residents and tourists with its a phreatic eruption on September 16 and 22. The volcano is located in the northern sector of the country Buenos Aires de Aguas Clara de Upala, in the province of Alajuela. Experts from the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica OVSICORI) toured the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano to inspect activity. The ascent to the crater took over three hours until it was confirmed what the neighbors reported, investigators finding that on Saturday, September 17, a day after the eruption of water and sediment, some fish were found dead in the river Penjamo. Investigators this week found more evidence of material spewed by the colossus in the streams and ditches in the area. The report indicated that some sediment have made up t 18 kilometers upstream in the local rivers. Also being investigated is whether the walls of the volcano have some movement. The eruption of November 1995 was one of the most intense. And although the current eruptions are nothing compared, area residents are taking precautions. After a meeting with experts, officials took the decision to revive the local emergency committee. For now, tourist visits to the crater have been suspended and guides are required to visit other parts of the national park. Authorities recommend people living in the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja be aware of the water level in the rivers. –Inside Costa Rica
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3 Responses to Costa Rica’s Rincon de la Vieja volcano awakens from dormancy after 13 years

  1. MIKR says:

    Oh, ‘phreatic’ pardon the pun, just another poof of geostructure..but apparently seems to be enough of a concern to recall the A-team, again lol..but seriously the more people that can be helped with advance knowledge the better, of course.
    I love this site, it seems the more WE are Aware of our planets changes the more WE create some extrodinary insights and opinions of OUR universe.
    This in turn generates its own great positveness of wonderful may know what I mean.. but hallejuah the power of prayer will always shine light in send a prayer


  2. So, how many volcanoes are now considered active now? I think I’ve lost count.



  3. luisport says:

    Recent phreatic eruption at Volcán Rincón de la Vieja. (Field Report, 27-29 September 2011) spanish


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