San JosÚ, Costa Rica, Tuesday 02 March 2010

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Iraz˙ Volcano Panics Residents With 9 Tremors Monday Night

The Iraz˙ volcano sent a panic chill in the neighbouring communities last night, as residents report at least 9 tremors from the volcano during a 30 minute period.

Residents say the volcano, located north of Cartago, began acting up after 7pm.

Juan Segura, director of the Observatorio Vulcanolˇgico y Sismolˇgico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori), said that they got many reports from area residents as the volcano triggered a seismic swarm northeast of Irazu.

Segura assures that none of the tremors felt were above 3 on the Richter scale.

The panic among the residents who envisioned the fresh television and newspaper images of the death and destruction of the 8.8 earthquake in Chile.

The Iraz˙ is located next to the Turrialba volcano that has been actively spewing ash and gases for the last several months.

Also fresh in the minds of Iraz˙ residents is the death and destruction of Cinchona last January 8, 2009, that is located near the Poßs volcano, a short distance from the Iraz˙ by volcano distances.

The Iraz˙ has recorded 23 eruptions during its history of its first recorded eruption in 1723. The latest explosion by the colossus was in 1965 and 1963.

According to the Osvicori, given the height, geographical location, climatic condition and eruptions history, the Iraz˙ posed the greatest volcanic threat to the Central Valley (San JosÚ, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago).








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