Experts evaluate eruption of Poás volcano in Costa Rica

Costa Rican experts endorse an eruption recorded on Monday at the Poás volcano (center), for which they have decided to close that national park for at least 24 hours, authorities said.

The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) confirmed on Monday the temporary closure of the Poás Volcano National Park, which is one of the most visited in the country at all times of the year due to its scenic beauty and the possibility of ascending to the edge from the crater

"The Poás volcano presented a new eruption at 05.40 a.m. (11.40 GMT) on Monday. The column could have been raised about 2,000 meters above the crater. This time the column is of eruptive material and not just gas," said SINAC.

The Technical Advisory Committee of Volcanology recommended to the national park staff the closure during this Monday with the objective of having a space for the analysis and observation of the volcano.

The authorities do not have reports of ash fall in communities or affected people.

Last week the Poás Volcano National Park was closed for two days due to an eruption of gases whose column rose about 3,000 meters above the crater, and that also did not affect,

The Póas volcano is one of the most active in Costa Rica, as it maintains a constant gas output.

This volcano, whose crater is located 2,708 meters high, is located in the province of Alajuela (center), about 40 kilometers northwest of the capital San José.

On August 29, 2018, the Government of Costa Rica reopened the National Park after a 16-month closure caused by a period of eruptions that forced the authorities to implement new security measures on the site.

According to the Government, Costa Rica is the first country in Central America to have a risk management system in a national park of volcanic origin.

Among these established protection measures are five shelters, real-time gas meters, helmets and masks; as well as security signage and training for park rangers, tour guides and neighbors of the surrounding communities.

The park also has a new access logistics that regulates the visitation.

Tourism is one of the main engines of the Costa Rican economy, a country of 5 million inhabitants, which houses about 5 percent of the planet's biodiversity, and which receives about 3 million tourists every year.

The communities surrounding the volcano depend economically on the large influx of tourists in the area.

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