Republic of Costa Rica
TURRIALBA VOLCANO - Park Rangers have been on guard at the Turrialba Volcano National Park since April when the volcano, which had been dormant since its last eruption in 1886, began to emit high levels of sulfuric gas. Due to the increase in gas emissions, rangers are limiting tourists who choose to visit the main volcano viewing point to 20 minutes of exposure to avoid negative effects from the gases. Since August, staff from the Costa Rican Volcanic and Seismological Observatory have noted minor landslides and sulfur flow, new gas discharge locations, and a large amount of vegetation dying in areas around the volcano’s main craters. Many of the 281 area residents have already reported headaches and respiratory problems as a result of the excessive gases. Some have chosen to send their children to stay with family that live further from the active volcano. Much of the livestock in the region has gotten sick as well. Most of the people that live around the volcano are in the town of Turrialba, and have reported seeing smoke billowing out of the volcano or the potent smell of sulfur, which comes and goes.
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