INDEPENDENT (UK) – Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency for a major area of the country including the capital of San Jose following the constant eruptions of ash from one of its largest volcanos, according to AFP.
“For several days now volcano Turrialba has had continual eruptions marked by the constant expulsion of ash,” the National Emergencies Commission (CNE) said in a statement.
The newswire reported Costa Rica declared the state of emergency after ash erupting from the Turrialba volcano forced international flights to be postponed for a day.
The CNE issued a green alert covering the central valley of Costa Rica where around 70 per cent of the country’s population lives.
Turrialba is 10,960ft tall and stretches over an area of 190 miles. In 2014 it sent ash plumes of 5.8km into the air, marking its biggest eruption since 1866.