Updated 07:30 PM EDT, Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano Explosion Release 400 Meters of Ash & Vapor into the Air 

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Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted at 1:12 PM on Monday, launching ash and vapor for about ten minutes, as reported by The Tico Times.

This is the second recorded explosion this month, and experts from the National University's Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica reported that the explosion reached just about 400 meters in height.

The University of Costa Rica reported that by 2:30 there were no more expected explosions, although experts are still evaluating whether or not the explosion was an isolated event.

The ash from the explosion is still in the air though, and is expected to go west, as per wind conditions. Residents northeast of the capital may experience ash falling on roofs and other properties.

Turrialba Volcano's explosion is hardly surprising, as it has been in constant activity in the past five years, prompting evacuations of residents.

In fact, as noted by the Costa Rican Times, scientists have been studying the volcano for quite awhile, as eruptions have been ongoing, ultimately ending in early November, until the most recent ones came about.

According to their studies, the emanations from the volcano have been due to the rise of magma. The amount of fragmented fresh lava has been increasing over the years. In 2010 it was noted to be at 2 percent of the ash, rising to 9 percent in 2013, and now, at 20 percent . The magnetic reservoir also rose significantly at 04.06 km under the volcano. The movement of the magma causes pressure on the hydrothermal system, which leads to breaks and steam output.

Of course, while the eruption of the Turrialba Volcano has been interesting, Costa Rica has a slew of volcanoes that are deemed tourist locations, although they are dangerous and considered active. As of the moment, there are five of them: the Turrialba, Poas, Irazu, Arenal, and Rincon de la Vieja.

According to the Costa Rican News, these volcanoes can be adventure for the brave: you can climb to the top of Irazu to see the effects of volcanic eruption and the path of the lava. At Arenal, there is an old lava river of black stones you can climb, and see magma pouring out of the crater at night.

Be careful, though: these places are where the changing energy of the land can actually be felt, and seismic activities can be registered every day, considering that all five volcanoes are relatively near each other.

Currently the most active, however, is the Turrialba, which is said to be in constant turmoil, with 116 eruptions recorded in October alone.

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