Last updated: 12:23 PM ET, Fri March 13 2015

Costa Rica Airport to Re-Open Following Turrialba Volcano Eruption

Destination & Tourism | Brian Major | March 13, 2015

Costa Rica Airport to Re-Open Following Turrialba Volcano Eruption

PHOTO: Observer's photo of the Turrialba Volcano shortly after eruption, via Twitter.

Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport is scheduled to re-open at noon today following Thursday’s eruption of volcanic ash from the Turrialba Volcano said officials at the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).

The airport had been closed due to high winds and reduced visibility following the eruption.

Several flights to Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose are being rerouted to Panama, officials said. In addition, travelers who were unable to fly from the airport earlier have been accommodated in nearby hotels. Turrialba Volcano National Park is located 74 miles from the airport.

During the eruption the volcano’s fumarole extended several hundred feet into the air and dropped ash across the Turrialba region as well as in the neighboring communities of Coronado, Moravia, Tibás, Belén, Alajuela and Orotina, along with other areas in Costa Rica’s Central Valley region, said OVSICORI officials in a statement.

The National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE) has issued a preventive Yellow Alert for Turrialba and the Alvarado region, which is within 15 miles of the volcano. No reported injuries or damage have been reported since the eruption. Turrialba Volcano National Park, which is routinely closed during times of increased activity, will remain closed until further notice, officials said.

However hotels in the area are open and local adventure-themed activities remain operational according to a Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) statement. ICT “will continue to work with emergency response authorities to keep travelers up to date on the status of the volcano,” the statement adds. 

Observers took to social media following the eruption to share images of the aftermath.

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