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Rincon de la Vieja Awakens

by Insidecostarica.com

It has been almost 14 years since the last eruptive period for Rincón de la Vieja in Costa Rica, but it looks like the volcano might be awakening from its break.

Last week, the volcano experienced two small explosions, the second major activity for the year.

Seismic records suggest the volcano also had small explosions on Feb. 19 and 20 and the again on Saturday, April 14, according to the OVSICORI.


None of the explosions caused any damage to anything near the volcano and there are no reports of ash fall other than in the crater itself.

 


Rincón de la Vieja / Eliecer Duarte (OVSICORI-UNA)

These explosions are very similar in style to the September 2011 explosions that were like phreatic in nature — that is, not new magma but superheated water generated the explosions.

Of course, it is likely that new magma intruding the volcano is the heat source for the water, but these explosions could precede a new magmatic eruption by months or years (or lead to nothing at all). The volcano sits within a national park in Costa Rica and after these explosions; the National Emergency Commission has declared the crater area off-limits to visitors.

The last major eruption from Rincón de la Vieja was in 1966.

 

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