Photo: Turrialba Volcano - Costa Rica
WATCH as Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano roars to life early Tuesday morning which has resulted in more than 160 mini-earthquakes, according to the Observatorio Vulcanologico.
Costa Rican authorities are reporting the 10,919 foot-high volcano spewed a 2.5 mile-high ash cloud around 8:30 a.m. yesterday. Prior to the eruption the volcano was releasing water vapor for several hours.
The volcano has three well-defined craters that are all being carefully monitored for further activity. The last major eruption occurred in 1866 but the volcano is considered active with minor but regular activity.
In January, 2010 a small evacuation also occurred when Turrialba spewed ash and stew. The volcano is near numerous coffee plantations but not in the country’s major coffee production region.
The Turrialba Volcano National Park is closed until further notice.
Authorities have asked nearby residents of the province of Cartago where the volcano sits to evacuate. The mostly agricultural workers are refusing to leaving behind their livestock and crops.