This Thursday Turrialba Volcano started to enter eruption after several weeks of being relatively calm, according to The Volcano and Seismology Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).

Although cloudy conditions on the summit of the volcano made it hard for experts to see the eruption through cameras they’d previously placed in the crater, a webcam located on Izaru Volcano, with a view of Turrialba, was able to capture it.

The seismic point of the volcano alerted scientists that something new is taking place. A massive column of ash was launched roughly 1 km high and then dispersed  to the West and Southeast.

The fall of ash has been reported in the following areas: Paraiso, Cot, Tierra Blanca, Llano Grande, Chicuá, San Rafael de Oreamuno, Coronado, Guadalupe, Ipís, Moravia, Tibás, Desamparados, San José, San Pedro, Escazú, Santa Ana, Heredia, San Isidro, Santo Domingo, San Rafael, Santa Bárbara, Barva, Alajuela,  Finca Central, Finca Silvia, Finca San Bosco, Finca Echandi, and throughout other surrounding areas.

Turrialba’s last erruption was on May 21st however, it is not uncommon for a volcano to seem to be dormant for a few weeks before erupting again. Turrialba is also an increasingly active volcano. Tourists used to be able to hike down into the crater but due to the increase in volcanic activity that has since been prohibited.