The Rincón de la Vieja volcano, located in northwestern Costa Rica, erupted early this Monday, generating pyroclastic flows and hot mud streams in nearby rivers.
It is one of “the most energetic eruptions in recent years”, which could be observed from the city of Quesada and the top of the Turrialba volcano, communicated the country’s National Commission for Risk Prevention and Attention to Emergencies. The volcanic activity began at 05:42 local time and lasted about 3 minutes.
In the images, captured by the surveillance cameras of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), you can see how the volcano spews a long column of ash and steam, which rises about 4 kilometers above sea level.
Ash and the smell of sulfur were reported to spread to the north and northwest of the crater, without causing major damage, according to detailed the Institute.
Javier Pacheco, seismologist at OVSICORI, he claimed to CNN that this eruption is one of the most powerful, similar to that of September 2011.
The expert added that 1,400 phreatic eruptions were recorded during 2020, which occur when superheated water under the Earth’s surface rapidly evaporates, expanding and breaking up the confining rock.