Poás Volcano Update: Eruptions Continue, Danger Minimal
Poás Volcano continues its heightened activity, according to a statement from the National Emergency Commission (in Spanish, CNE). “Activity continued through last night into the morning with at least 13 registered eruptions,” the statement on the CNE’s Facebook page reads. “These [eruptions] have been smaller than the one that happened at 7:56 am yesterday. Seismic activity remains moderate to high with tremors of variable amplitude.”
Activities Continue Normally Outside of Affected Areas
The affected area is currently defined as the areas surrounding Poás Volcano National Park.
Although the volcano is currently active and under monitoring, no restrictions have been placed on productive activities or tourism outside of the affected area. According to Dr. Iván Brenes Reyes, president of the CNE, tourism activities may be carried out “with complete safety” in the cantons of Poás, Grecia, and Valverde Vega.
“It’s important to be properly informed and to enjoy these days of rest by visiting the tourism centers and places of recreation that these communities offer,” said Brenes. “Our lives must continue normally, without fear and properly informed.”
Outside of the affected area, the main issues are falling ash and light materials blowing in the wind, according to Blas Sánchez, a geologist with the CNE.
Still, the CNE is working with other government institutions to ensure the populace’s safety. There are preventive road closures at the Cruce de Poasito and on Calle La Legua.
If You Are In An Affected Area By The Green Alert
The CNE recommends the following if you are in an affected area:
1. Inform the populations that live near rivers or streams with headwaters in Poás Volcano’s highland areas about possible mudslides and falling ash.
2. Do not visit or work along rivers in the affected area.
3. Do not hang out around riverbeds due to the possibility of flash floods.
4. Monitor changes in rivers.
5. Keep a close eye on areas and settlements prone to mudslides and falling ash.
6. Be alert to warnings about possible new eruptions from Poás Volcano and be alert to new information about the volcano given by technical/scientific groups (OVISCORI, RSN).
7. State institutions and Municipal Emergency Committees should be alert to any emergency situation and make sure their inventories are up to date.