The national emergency commission said it has installed monitoring stations at locations of possible landslides in the Central Valley.
They are Burio in Escazú, Tablazo in Desamparados, Chitaría in Santa Ana and Cerro Cedral. Monitors also have been placed at the Poás, Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes.
In the future, similar devices will be put along the Río Sarapiquí and one at the Río Pirrís in Parrita, the agency said.
The devices and installation cost 150 million colons, said the
agency, correctly called the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias. That is about $300,000.
The locations are well known as possible danger areas.
Among other data, the monitors will collect rainfall and humidity information so the agency’s central operations center can estimate the chance of a slide. In the case of the volcanoes, the sensors also report wind direction for use in case an eruption sends ash into the sky.
The agency also has erected a retaining fence at the base of the Chitaría slide in Santa Ana to catch stray bounders and dirt, it said.