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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Three Costa Rican volcanoes on preventive green alert due to seismic activity


The National Emergency Commission (CNE)  declared a preventive “green alert” on Wednesday, May 30, due to recent seismic activity at three volcanoes.
“The CNE’s alert is supported by reports from technical and scientific agencies that note the volcanoes are in constant activity,” the commission stated.
Emissions of gas at Poás Volcano are expected to increase.  In the case of Turrialba volcano – it maintains the levels of volcanic and seismic activity that has shown in recent months.
The Rincon de la Vieja volcano experienced fluid movements and volcanic activity at significant levels, the CNE announced.
Despite the warning, access to the volcanoes will remain open to the public, but visitors must follow guidelines issued at each national park’s entrance.
Green alert is active for:
  • Turrialba,Province of Alajuela
  • Poas, Province of Guanacaste
  • Rincón de la Vieja, Province of Guanacaste
The Technical Advisory Committee on Volcanology and Seismology of the CNE, supported by the National Seismological Network of the University of Costa Rica (RSN-UCR-ICE) and the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of the National University (OVSICORI) maintain a surveillance of these volcanoes.
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