Costa Rica airport forced to close as spewing volcanic ash engulfs capital city

Costa Rican Gilbert Quesada clears the ash from his pair of glasses after the Turrialba volcano spewed ash towards San Jose and its surroundings on March 12, 2015. — AFP pic
Costa Rican Gilbert Quesada clears the ash from his pair of glasses after the Turrialba volcano spewed ash towards San Jose and its surroundings on March 12, 2015. — AFP pic

SAN JOSE, March 13 — San Jose’s international airport was forced to close yesterday and several villages were evacuated after clouds of ash from the newly active Turrialba volcano reached the Costa Rican capital, authorities said.

 

Flights were suspended because of poor visibility at the airport, which is about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the volcano, while pedestrians in the capital shielded their eyes to prevent ash going into them.

A number of schools sent students home and the country’s emergency bureau ordered the evacuation of villages within two kilometres of Turrialba.

Turrialba erupted twice on Sunday, followed by a burst of activity Wednesday and then again yesterday.

Before now, an expulsion of ash and magma from the volcano in October was its most significant activity in over a century. — AFP

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