Volcano on video provides some sensational footage

Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica photo This was the scene May 21 when the gas and ash erupted.

Not many people want to get as up close and personal to a volcano as a scientist did April 13.

The unidentified figure is the only human to appear in a sensational series of volcano shots that came from the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica. The agency has a Web cam that keeps an eye on Volcán Turrialba.

The video, which is available on the Observatorio’s Web page,shows the critical moments in the May 21 eruption of gas and ash at the volcano. But it also shows some historical shots going back to 2012. There are night shots and multicolor infrared shots, too.

The video is attributed to Geoffroy Avard, a staffer at the Observatorio. Scientists there get paid to poke around the active openings of volcanos, as the figure in the yellow parka is seen doing.

The video includes some air shots of the caldera of the volcano as well as some footage at La Silva where ash fell.

For those who do not know Spanish well, there are some English translations in the minimal explanations of the video. But the drama is not in the words.

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