A volcano erupted suddenly in central Costa Rica on May 20, 2016, belching smoke and ash up to 3,000m (9,840ft) into the air. The volcanic ash is settling on several cities, sending hundreds of people to hospitals, complaining of breathing difficulties and skin problems. This took place despite assurances from Geological “experts” who said that swarms of small earthquakes in and near the volcano for the past few weeks “are not signs of an imminent eruption.” Some of those same “experts” have said the exact same words about three volcanoes on the US west coast which have suddenly begun experiencing earthquake swarms: Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier in Oregon and Washington states.
When the Costa Rica volcano erupted today, the “experts” were stunned and the public was totally unprepared. Will this be the case on the US west coast as well?
Throughout Costa Rica, some schools were shut and some flights into the country cancelled or diverted.
People in the capital San Jose, about 45km (30 miles) west of the Turrialba volcano, said layers of ash had coated buildings and cars and there was a fierce smell of sulphur.
Costa Rica’s National Emergencies Commission has advised people to wear masks and tight clothing to protect their lungs and skin.
“It seems to me to be the strongest (Turrialba) eruption in the past six years,” volcanologist Gino Gonzalez told reporters.
Costa Rica is home to dozens of volcanoes, but most of them are dormant.