Turrialba Volcano Eruption in San José, Costa Rica!

Turrialba Volcano Eruption in San José, Costa Rica!

SERIOUSLY? ……..Some of the daftest things going on the web since the May 2016 eruption of the Turrialba Volcano in San José, Costa Rica!

By no means the recent activities of Turrialba Volcano is a laughing matter with choking San José with ashes and fumes, but on a lighter note, here are some of what´s being allegedly reported by the general public in recent days.

Volcanic Ash for Sale?  Oh yes, even eBay has got in on the act with a listing by a seller from San José selling batches of collected ash from the Turrialba Volcano, for the princely sum of $15 a shot to the United States along with $10 for p&p! (Not sure if that includes insurance?)  Even funnier is as of today, one item has been sold.  Check it out and if you want to “Make an Offer” instead of paying the full price, do let us know how much you think it is worth….Click Here

National Disaster?  Accordingly to one Facebook “expert” Alejandro Ramirez, we have a time-bomb ticking (oh err?) and he quotes,   “Japanese experts are taken out of the country because they ensure that the costa rican authorities give a lot of publicity to the volcano turrialba and not prepare the population for an eminent natural disaster. They said with great concern that it’s a time bomb what we have and that in case of an explosion would trigger an earthquake of almost 8. Level 5 is open with devastating consequences

Now lets put things into perspective folks!  Martínez, of National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, said “quakes between a magnitude of 2 and 4 could happen as a result of activity inside the volcano, but Turrialba doesn’t have the potential to create something as dramatic as an 8.5-magnitude temblor.”In reality, “the magnitude of an earthquake that size would “rip Costa Rica in two,” González joked.

That is NOT Turrialba Volcano!  Photo´s and posts of lava pooling at the volcano’s crater of other eruptions worldwide have somehow been attached to San José´s Turrialba.  From Russia’s Sarychev Volcano eruption in June 2009, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung photographed in November 2013 to Mexico´s Popocatépetl Volcano on February 26th, 2015, they are all there!  So please note, none of these Volcano´s or their eruptions have the slightest resemblance to Turrialba and are just there to spook us people.

Ashes to Face, a “miracle” Cosmetic?  Apparently Volcanic Ash can be used as a beauty regime?  Please dear Pura Vida Guide readers, do not try this at home, unless of course you have designs on ripping your skin to pieces! Volcanic ash is made of tiny fragments of jagged rock, minerals, and volcanic glass. It is also generally, 2 millimeters (.08 inches) across and can not be dissolved in water, so please stick to your usual facial scrub bought from the chemist!

If any of our readers have more funny stories to tell us from the web, then please write to us, we´d love to hear from you!

On a serious note, although Turrialba remains on alert from the choking ash, the National Emergency Commission advises homes to be stocked with “clean drinking water, non-perishable foods that can last for three days, proper respiratory masks, batteries, a flashlight, a radio and a first aide kit”.  

When cleaning ash, people should use damp cloths and water, not brooms. The commission also recommends having an escape route in mind and goes on to also say, “people should wear long pants and shirtsleeves to protect their skin from ash.”
Martínez from the National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, noted that “fresh volcanic ash is abrasive, corrosive and acidic”, so please treat all debris with caution.
Pura Vida Guide also wishes to remind pet owners to consider their beloved animals and protect them from the recent fall of ash.  If you live in close proximity then it´s advisable to keep your dogs and cats inside with the dangers of inhalation affecting their lungs and debris causing eye infections.   Better to be safe than sorry!For more information on the Turrialba Volcano and the true facts and updates of recent events, go to the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.



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