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Why did the Turrialba Volcano close for 8 years?

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After 8 years of closure, the eruptive period has not yet ended but it has diminished in its activity. With the improvements implemented, a controlled reopening of visitors will be carried out in which a series of security measures will be applied established in coordination with the Technical Advisory Committee on Volcanology made up of the National Seismological Network (RSN: UCR-ICE), the Volcanological Observatory and Seismological of Costa Rica (OVSICORI-UNA) and the CNE.

Lidier Esquivel, head of CNE’s Risk Research and Analysis Unit, pointed out that the opening of the Turrialba Volcano National Park is the product of an in-depth analysis by the CNE’s Volcanology Technical Advisory Committee, who determined that the opening of the Park It is possible due to the decrease in volcanic activity, as long as a series of preventive measures are observed to guarantee a safe and controlled visitation.

Among them, the SINAC authorities were recommended to implement a “Strategy for the Management of Visitation” in the Park, reinforce and signal the access road for adequate and safe traffic, adequate labeling with preventive measures and information, the design of informative material, indicating that you are entering an active volcano and, succinctly, indicate about the potential volcanic dangers of the area, among others.

At the same time, SINAC has worked to implement sanitary and regulatory measures established for visitors, always respecting the guidelines of the Ministry of Health for the pandemic as well as the necessary security measures, typical of visiting a volcano.

Rafael Gutiérrez, executive director of the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC-MINAE), pointed out: “Among the improvements that have been made in the National Park, the remodeling of the entrance gate, the booth for the attention of visitors stands out. , repair of sanitary services, construction of railings in the viewpoint area and seven protection areas, which cover the ascent path from the visitor service booth to the crater viewpoint and Chusquea trail area, among other improvements currently performed ”.

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