Two mountains display their internal activity with eruptions

Volcán Turrialba as seen from the air Friday.

Two of the country’s volcanoes became a bit rambunctious over the weekend.

Volcán Turrialba was putting out a column of steam Friday. Volcán Rincón de la Vieja erupted around 2 p.m. Saturday and spewed mud, ash and water out of the crater.

The national park around Turrialba remains under an alert and is closed to visitors. At Rincón de la Vieja only the trail to the volcano is closed, according to the Área de Conservación Guanacaste.

Rincón de la Vieja is in north central Costa Rica near Upala.
There had been previous activity reported there and the mountain is being watched.

Several photographers have flown over the volcanos during the weekend to obtain photos of the craters.

Volcán Turrialba is east of San José and had been putting out gas an ash for some time. Last Jan. 22, the volcano opened up a new vent in the crater. That change was noticed by scientists who were investigating Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 eruptions there.

Teams from the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Red Sismológica Nacional at Universidad Nacional are all watching the volcanoes.

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