By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The probability is that Semana Santa will be a quiet time for family
reunions, relaxation and recreation.
But various agencies are saying this is no time to put down the guard.
Volcán Turrialba appears to have quieted down after more than a
week of eruptions. But the scientists who study volcanoes are not so
sure. They still think the mountain may not respect the Semana Santa
Scientists who study the oceans said Wednesday that the Pacific coast
is about to experience high seas again.
The strong seas crashing against the Pacific beaches represent a
serious threat to bathers, said the Centro de Investigación en
Ciencias del Mar y Limnología. The announcement said that the
seas are expected to diminish by Sunday.
The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social warned
about holiday food. The
usual Semana Santa fare typically is a lot of fish
other sea food.
Without proper storage and preparation these foods are highly prone to
creating intoxication, the Caja said Wednesday.
Such sea food is especially vulnerable to changes in temperature and
incorrect storage methods, said Carolina Castro Calvo, a Caja
She said dehydrated cod, which is a Semana Santa standard can harbor
fungus or bacteria if the original storage methods were not correct.
Safety begins with buying fresh food and doing so from outlets that
guarantee the condition of the food, she added.
Then there is the traffic. Police are out in force because holiday
traffic usually results in accidents and personal tragedies.
Roja said it is erecting 148 first aid stations around the country.
The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas will have 25 of its boats on
patrol off popular beaches. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea
up to four aircraft in the skies, said the security ministry.