The possibility of Turrialba Volcano erupting.

     The buzz has it during the last days that it´s inminent that “El Volcán Turrialba” could start erupting at any moment, and that the way it may erupt is just as unpredictable. This volcano located at the east end of the central mountain chain has not erupted since 1876. It´s next to Volcan Irazú, which is the highest volcano in Costa Rica, and one that did erupt in 1963, on the same day John F. Kennedy visited this country (by some strange coincidence), and continued to produce clouds of ashes for a year and a half until it stopped.

This volcano has been a tourist atraction during the last year, but since February this year started producing fumaroles of gases and a swarm of tremors during the last 2 weeks (more than 200 of them). Though the authorities still allow visitors to a lookout point near the crater, they strongly advise not to approach any further, and not eating any food at the site.

Though the local vulcanologists insist that there´s no cause for alarm and that that the volcano activity is within the normal, some things didn´t look good: Dead animals were being found in the crater´s vecinities probably because of the fumes, and some crops were being damaged. The lands near the volcano are famed for their fertility, and there´s an important dairy industry there (They produce a type of cheese that´s a trade mark).

Some of the local farmers there say they have organized an evacuation plan just in case, though it´s unlikely that many would leave, for the obvious reasons.

The volcanologists position isn´t very clear as to the results of the volcano suddenly erupting. On one hand they say it may be benefitial as it would let out some of the pressure from the magma chamber, but that if the eruptions are in the form of clouds of ashes, as they were in the 1963 eruptions of the Irazú volcano, more than few crops would be affected and pastures in the area would die, which would be fatal for the dairy cows.

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