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The eruption sent a column 500 meters over the crater and 3,208 meters above sea level.
/ National Volcanological Observatory courtesy photo

Park rangers call on tourists not
to enter Poás volcano illegally

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Volcanological Observatory reported a moderate eruption of Poás Volcano* on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Park rangers immediately recalled visitors and insisted that everyone use only the official entrance instead of using illegal roads to reach the crater.

The eruption sent a column 500 meters over the crater and 3,208 meters above sea level. It lasted for more than two minutes.

The continued eruptions of the volcano are the main attraction for tourists. For that reason, the park rangers ask that everyone use the only safe entrance to the crater, which is located near route #120, between the towns of Poás* and Fraijanes*.

"The other entry roads into restricted areas are illegal," said the park rangers in their statement.

According to the park rangers, there is only one entrance in order to maintain order when tourists visit and help with conservation of natural surroundings of the park.

People who enter the National Park by illegal roads or routes could receive a ticket and a fine.

Park rangers report that in 2018 more than 65 patrols were made, where people were found illegally entering the area of the volcano.

This year, 30 patrols have already been carried out and 171 people have been found after entering illegal roads near to the volcano area.

In addition to the legal consequences of entering the volcano area without authorization, there is a great risk due to the instability of the soil, the proximity of the active crater that can generate an eruption at any time, as well as the risk of breathing the air with toxic substances ejected by the volcano.

"For the safety of tourists, visits are restricted and controlled, following the instructions of the National Emergency Commission," said the park rangers in their statement.

The park rangers will continue patrolling in search of tourists illegally entering the area of the volcano.

On Feb., as A.M. Costa Rica reported, a series of eruptions was reported at Poás Volcano*.  

After 24 hours of observation, during which there was a decrease in seismicity and in volcanic gases (CO2, SO2), the representatives of the National Commission of Emergencies recommended limited access to volcano as a precautionary measure.

The volcano access was reopened in September 2018 after been closed for 16 months.

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