Watch Turrialba Volcano’s Activity in Real Time

If you’ve noticed a fine coating of ash around, you’re not crazy, nor has housekeeping fallen asleep on the job. It’s genuine volcanic ash, spewed from Turrialba Volcano’s active main crater.

OVISCORI, the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, keeps a close eye on the massif’s doings. Because activity has picked up greatly in Turrialba over the last couple of years, trips to the crater are prohibited until things calm down. However, if you’d like to take a peek at an active volcanic crater, OVISCORI has a couple of webcams that offer new images every ten seconds.

Screenshot of OVISCORI's Turrialba webcam.
Screenshot of OVISCORI’s Turrialba webcam.

The above image is from an OVISCORI camera located 600 meters (2,000 feet) from the smoking crater, looking west. Another camera offers a longer view with markings to illustrate how high the ash reaches. This camera refreshes every sixty seconds.

Costa Rica is home to five active volcanoes: Turrialba, Irazú, Rincón de la Vieja, Arenal, and Poás. Each is different from the others, and you can currently get near the main craters of Irazú, Poás, and Rincón de la Vieja.

You can’t climb into Turrialba’s crater right now, so you’ll have to experience it vicariously through the above-mentioned webcams.

Turrialba Volcano Facts

Height: 3,340 meters (10,958 feet) above sea level

Activity: Turrialba Volcano threw a lot of ash during the mid-1800s, with the last eruption taking place in 1866. This new phase of activity began on January 4, 2010, and in addition to ash, magma has been detected near the surface.

Type of Volcano: Stratovolcano

Location: Cartago Province, Costa Rica


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