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Activity reported in Turrialba and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes

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The Turrialba volcano presented a considerable outflow of gases and steam on Sunday night, which continued vigorously accompanied by high temperatures in its fumaroles, reported Guillermo Alvarado, a volcanologist at the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE).

“It was not an eruption, but an emanation of a lot of steam and gas called exhalation activity, which was accompanied by high temperatures in its fumaroles,” explained the CNE specialist.

He added that previously, an earthquake was reported this Sunday afternoon northeast of the colossus that could trigger the outflow of gases. The telluric movement was 3.3 degrees on the Richter scale, caused by a local fault 4.5 kms northeast of Turrialba.

Alvarado indicated that the event in the colossus is a normal process of an active volcano that has been active since 2010.

Additionally, he reported that at 2.51 am on Monday, the Rincón de la Vieja volcano registered a small eruption of which the height reached by the column is unknown due to the site’s visibility conditions. “There was no reported ash fall, or sulfur smell,” he said.

In addition, the CNE reminds the population that our country has active volcanoes, which is why it is important to be vigilant and have emergency plans, know evacuation routes and safe places in the event of an event of this nature.

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