As Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts again, scientists warn of increased health risks, economic damage

A Costa Rica Vol 3
May 2015COSTA RICAAt 4:55 a.m. Sunday, ash spilled from the crater of Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano for nearly an hour. Though the ash barely left the crater, located about 67 kilometer northeast of the capital San José, the wind carried it into the Central Valley — for the umpteenth time in recent months. The eruption comes less than a week after the volcano shot a tower of ash 2.5 kilometers into the air, shutting down Juan Santamaría International Airport for the third time since March. Since Turrialba Volcano re-awoke last October, volcanic ash has dirtied homes, damaged crops and mucked up travel plans. With its frequent eruptions, the volcano has gone from an interesting diversion to a nuisance for nearby residents and visitors. And experts say the worst is yet to come. Future eruptions, they say, could jeopardize the health of humans and the environment. They could also cause serious economic damage.
“There is a very high possibility that [the volcano] will reach a higher level of activity,” said Lidier Esquivel, the chief investigator of risk management for the National Emergency Commission (CNE). Scientists with both the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) and the National Seismological Network (RSN) expect Turrialba’s eruptions to gradually increase over the next few months until the volcano is erupting on a near weekly basis. Scientists have also confirmed that lava has reached the surface. “The volcano is already throwing lava, it is fragmented lava that is creating the ash,” Guillermo Alvarado, coordinator for volcanic and seismic threats and monitoring for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, said during a volcano roundtable event last week.
Alvarado said these lava fragments actually create a natural form of glass, which when inhaled can pose serious health risks to both animals and humans. Children, the elderly and people with pre-existing respiratory problems are especially at risk when breathing in ash. “At this point there have been very few serious health problems to arise, but ash can cause respiratory problems, throat problems and burning in the eyes or skin.” Esquivel said. “As more people are regularly exposed to volcanic ash, we expect to see these problems in a larger portion of the population.”
The ash can also kill plants, contaminate water supplies and damage electronic equipment. The ash has already done its fair share of damage. Within 5 kilometers of the volcano, ash and acid rain have killed off crops, damaged homes and contaminated rivers. Three schools in the area have been forced to close each time the volcano erupts. And there have been reports of some residents developing respiratory problems. If conditions continue to worsen, the area may have to be evacuated. While the immediate vicinity of the volcano is the most vulnerable to ash damage, emergency officials are growing increasingly concerned about the rest of the country. “With the right wind, depending on the weather, some of these volcanic episodes will bring ash over San José and the surrounding metropolitan area,” Esquivel said. “This will happen more often if the eruptions increase.” –Tico Times
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4 Responses to As Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts again, scientists warn of increased health risks, economic damage

  1. Must be a terrifying experience if one lives close to this eruption..
    Wishing you a good week Alvin..
    Blessings Sue


  2. Judy says:

    Can you not see an unrecognised trend here on our wonderful planet earth? On the surface of our planet are vast land masses separated by oceans and islands dotted around with a vast and beautiful sky overhead reaching into the unknown. But beneath the surface well beneath our oceans is a joined core that is one entity, instead of separation by land and sea, as is above. So when pressure in that core develops, its portals (rising land masses or similar to a pimple on the skin) begins to fester and explode with the volatility beneath. The pressure rises and comes through these rising land masses (volcanoes). So it doesn’t just happen to one portal – THEY ARE ALL CONNECTED. Hence the multitudes of volcano’s going off at this present time (over a dozen of them globally). We are NOT just what we see, our planet works with the sun, moon, magnetic energies and to a certain extent our own energies. We are building to a crescendo unsurpassed. Noah’s flood was a message we were over stepping our boundaries, what is coming is more than a tap on the wrist, so take heed. Our forests are our lungs and when they go, we cannot breath. When our anger, volatility and hatred surmount to a crescendo as we are doing now, our volcanos will erupt simultaneously, plunging us all into an earth shift, a snap freeze and a complete darkness – extinction on the horizon folks. Believe it or not, it all starts and ends with ourselves. We have strayed too far off the game plan (commandments)


  3. Jim says:

    Whether we are here or not doesn’t matter. The earth as any form of life is evolving. Changing it’s shape moving to the next phase in it’s endless quest to find happiness. Sorry I don’t think God has anything to do with it.


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