Turrialba Volcano briefly closes Costa Rica’s main airport

May 18, 2015

18 de mayo 2015. Volcán Turrialba.Durante los días 17 y 18 de mayo se han presentado 5 erupciones en el volcán Turrialba. Iniciando el día 17 con una erupción a las 14:07 y una duración de unos 45 minutos, luego a las 20:07 con una duración de unos 40 minutos y a las 22:09 con una duración de 37 minutos.El día de hoy 18 de mayo inicia una erupción a las 00:33 con una duración de 27 minutos y finalmente a las 04:02 con una duración de aproximadamente 27 minutosEn el video adjunto, (día 18 de las 00:00 horas a las 04:15) se visualiza la erupción de las 00:33 horas, la erupción de las 04:16 horas no se observa debido a la presencia de nubosidad en la zona.Se nos reporta caída de ceniza en el Valle Central, especialmente Coronado, Rancho Redondo, Guadalupe, Heredia, San José, Santa Ana y Río Segundo de Alajuela. El video con las imágenes del día 17 se está realizando, en unos minutos estará disponible en redes sociales.

Posted by OVSICORI-UNA on Monday, May 18, 2015

Juan Santamaría International Airport closed briefly in the predawn hours on Monday following several hours of eruptions from Turrialba Volcano on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Ten outbound flights were canceled Monday morning and another four inbound flights were rescheduled,  according to Silvia Chaves, spokeswoman for Aeris, the company that operates the airport. Juan Santamaría, 67 km away from the volcano, was closed between 3:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Monday morning.

Some canceled flights will be rescheduled by their operators Monday, Chaves said.

Travelers can check www.aeris.cr for more details on their flights.

Turrialba Volcano started erupting after 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, sending ash into the air for 45 minutes. A total of five similar eruptions took place between then and 4:16 a.m. Monday, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica.

This is the latest in a string of airport closings this year because of ash from Turrialba Volcano, which makes the runway unsafe to use and can damage plane motors.

See also: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupts, forcing capital airport to temporarily close 

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