Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano Entering Into an Extended Dormant Period

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The exotic landscapes offered by the eruptions of the Arenal Volcano is entering a period of inactivity that could last for hundreds of years.

    An expert from the Volcanologic and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) explained that this Colossus, one of the most popular attractions in the country is slowly entering into a cycle of inactivity that has been occurring since 2010.

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    “The volcano could remain in a dormant state for 600 or 800 years. It all depends on the internal conditions of the volcano that we cannot see,” said volcanologist, Javier Pacheco.

    Since mid-2010 the surface activity of the volcano decreased its output of lava and smoke exhalations. To this, there is the added absence of seismic activity that was characteristic during previous years.

    “What we have been seeing is that conditions have returned to normal. That is, a state in which the volcano is not active. For example there are no emissions of carbon dioxide in the amounts it had before. Also in the past its springs were contaminated with gases and products from the volcano which are returning to normal,” Pacheco said.

    Acid rain also disappeared like its seismicity. For this reason, the expert believes that the colossus came slowly at this stage of inactivity.

    Poas and Turrialba volcano remain the most active in the country as of March 2014.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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