Recent rumblings from volcanoes in Central America not likely to affect Costa Rica

January 17, 2014COSTA RICARecent volcanic activity in El Salvador and Guatemala has Central American geologists keeping an eye on the region’s volcanoes, including Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja. While Rincón de la Vieja and other Tico volcanoes have seen increased activity in recent years, geologists don’t foresee any immediate eruptions related to these giants. Smoke and ash spewing from the Chaparrastique Volcano after an “explosive eruption,” according to Celina Kattán, director of the Environmental Observatory, delayed air traffic over El Salvador on Dec. 29, 2013. Salvadoran authorities ordered the evacuation of some 500 residents. Guatemalan authorities reported that the Fuego Volcano erupted on Jan. 7, launching a column of smoke and ash into the air. Days later, on Jan. 11, Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano erupted, triggering the evacuation of nearby communities. Air traffic control there recommended precautions for aircraft flying nearby. Professor and investigator Eliecer Duarte of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica noted that Costa Rica, along with its Central American neighbors, lies between the Cocos and Caribbean tectonic plates. But there’s no set “formula” for predicting volcanic activity, even if it takes place between the same plates.
We’re talking about a pretty broad area,” he said, noting the distance between Guatemala and Costa Rica – about 1,200 kilometers capital to capital. Duarte did say, however, that seismic activity elsewhere along plate lines could produce “instability.” Gino González, geologist with the National Seismological Network at the University of Costa Rica (UCR-RVS) agreed. González said that earthquakes along fault lines can trigger increased seismic and volcanic activity across the region, but there’s not necessarily any direct connection between volcanic activity in Guatemala and here. The UCR geologist said that volcanoes in Costa Rica are less likely to ooze lava, the way Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano does. Rather, Tico volcanoes build up pressure and suddenly erupt, making them “a little more dangerous.” One volcano that volcanologists have had an eye on in recent years is Rincón de la Vieja, a 2-kilometer tall volcano in Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste province. After a decade of calm, the volcano has been increasingly active starting in 2011, according to a Jan. 14 report from UCR-RVS. After the 2012 Sámara earthquake that rocked Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, seismic activity continued to rise in the crater. UCR-RVS volcanologists plan to make more frequent trips to the crater during 2014 to monitor its activity, including hot mudflows, and increased underground magma flows that could warm the volcano’s turquoise-colored acidic lake, according to the report. The last time Costa Rica saw a major eruption was Rincón de la Vieja in 1996, González said. –Tico Times
Costa Rica Jan 17
Costa Rica shaken by 5.2 magnitude earthquake: The first major earthquake of 2014 rocked Costa Rica around 3:02 p.m. Friday. The epicenter of the magnitude-5.2 earthquake was about 30 kilometers off the central Pacific coast, just southwest of Jacó, according to the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network and other reports. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) registered a magnitude-5.3. The earthquake was felt in most of the country, including the Central Valley, Alajuela and parts of the northern region (including San Carlos). In San José, it seemed to last at least 10 seconds. No significant damage or any injuries have been reported. –Tico Times
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4 Responses to Recent rumblings from volcanoes in Central America not likely to affect Costa Rica

  1. Paul says:

    What is with all the earthquakes north of Puerto Rico?


  2. Irene C says:

    Funny that before I read this I saw a M5.2 – 21km W of Jaco, Costa Rica. I just thought it was a bit ironic. But anymore, it’s hard to tell what volcano or quake will affect another volcano or quake.


  3. mtnwolf63 says:

    “geologists don’t foresee any immediate eruptions related to these giants.”
    How reassuring. I bet the “geologists” of Pompeii said the same thing.

    Volcanic Eruptions Increase Worldwide


    • kennycjr says:

      At first I thought you were linking to another extinction protocol page, which would seem to be a first. Interesting factoid from that article, on average erupting volcanoes displace some 950 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. So even if only all of the 80+ eruptions last year only lasted for one day, we’re talking about some 80k tons of CO2 now in the air that wasn’t there a year ago.


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