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A notable eruption started at Costa Rica’s Poas volcano on February 11, 2019 with persistent low-level ash emission and crater incandescence.

A notable eruption started at Costa Rica’s Poas volcano on February 11, 2019 with persistent low-level ash emission and crater incandescence.

February 12, 2019. Watchers.news.

The eruptive column reached 200 m (650 feet) above the crater or 2 908 m (9 540 feet) above sea level). The eruption continued into early morning hours (LT), forcing authorities to close Poas Volcano National Park while volcanologists assess the situation.

“Due to strong activity during the last 12 hours and the presence of incandescence in the crater of the Poás Volcano National Park, it will remain closed today,” SINAC said in a statement.

Winds pushed ash and gases to the southwest, OVSICORI said. It advised people with respiratory issues to take special precautions, including staying indoors or wearing masks if going outside.

This is the first strong activity at the volcano since 2017.

The National Emergency Committee warned of increased activity at Poas volcano in January, adding it wouldn’t hesitate to close the national park is necessary.

 

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