A volcanic eruption in Costa Rica is causing some flight delays and cancellations, after the Turrialba Volcano erupted 3,000 feet in the air on Monday…twice. Both eruptions lasted about 15 minutes at a time. The San Jose based Juan Santamaria International Airport was closed on Monday due to concerns about the ash in the air.
Since then more airports in the country have been forced to close as well, which is due to both the ash in the air as well debris on the tarmac. They also considered shutting down the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, but that one was ultimately left open and provided some hope for people trying to get in and out. So far 3,000 people have been affected by the delays and cancellations.
After Monday’s eruption the volcano seemed to calm down a bit, but then on Wednesday morning a new burst of ash came forth so getting the travel schedules back to normal might take a bit to sort out.
Luckily there have not been any reported injuries or damages due to the volcano. Generally visitors can hike down into Turrialba’s crater, but since the eruption, of course, the surrounding Turrialba Volcano National Park has been closed.