Get our newsletter!
: "One of the most eye-catching guides to the world’s volcanoes ever published.
: Our professional team of volcanologists and photographers offers unique travel opportunities: volcano expeditions, photo tours, and relaxed walking & study tours.
The Volcano Adventure Guide
: Excellent information and background for anyone wishing to visit active volcanoes safely and enjoyably. The book presents guidelines to visiting 42 different volcanoes around the world.
: spaces available / : guaranteed / : few spaces left / : booked out
Stratovolcano 2708 m (8,884 ft)
Costa Rica, 10.2°N / -84.23°WCurrent status
(2 out of 5)Poas webcams / live data
| ReportsPoas volcano books | ToursPoas volcano eruptions:
1828, 1834, 1838(?), 1860, 1879(?), 1880, 1888-91, 1895, 1898-1907, 1910, 1910, 1914, 1914-15, 1925, 1929, 1941-46, 1948-51, 1952-57, 1958-61, 1963, 1964-65, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972-73, 1974-75, 1976, 1977, 1977-78, 1978, 1979-80, 1980, 1981, 1987-90, 1991, 1992, 1992-93, 1994, 1996, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017Typical eruption style:
Phreatic eruptions, sometimes geyser-like ejections of water from the acid crater lake.Last earthquakes nearbyLatest satellite imagesSentinel hub
| Landsat 8
Volcano news: Poás volcano, Costa Rica
Poas volcano (Costa Rica): phreatic eruptions on 9 Feb
Wednesday Feb 10, 2010 19:22 PM |
Our correspondant from Costa Rica reports two phreatic eruptions from Poás volcano's crater lake on the morning of Feb 9.
Friday, Jan 22, 2010
Our correspondant in Costa Rica reports a beautiful phreatic eruption at Poas volcano today at noon time. This is the second eruption (after the one on 25 Dec 09) in a short time span.
Thursday, Sep 13, 2007
Laguna Caliente, the frequently visited summit lake of Poás volcano, exhibits signs that increased fumarolic activity is happening at the bottom of the lake: now greenish-gray in color, convection cells in the lake's center and dark gray floating particles are being noted.
Thursday, Apr 13, 2006
On 1 April, scientists visited Poás volcano and confirmed that Laguna Caliente at the volcano's summit had widened, and that sediments and blocks fromthe lake's bottom and surrounding walls were ejected during the explosions on 24-26 March 2006. The lava dome's (or pyroclastic cone's) N wall was greatly fractured and a 40 x 7 x8 m segment of the wall was gone. In addition, a 40 x 4 x 6 m chunk of the SE wall of the lake was missing and must have been destroyed during the explosions. They also found that the lake was light gray due to large quantities of suspended sediments, had a temperature of 54 degrees Celsius, had a pH of 0.63, and the lake level had decreased in comparison to the level before the explosions.[more]
Friday, Apr 07, 2006
Seismicity decreased at Poás volcano by 27 March, 2006. Harmonic tremor that was recorded during the recent heightened activity ceased. As of the 27th, no significant deformation was recorded at the volcano and abundant evaporation continued at Caliente Lake.[more]
Thursday, Mar 30, 2006
Small phreatic eruptions began at Poás on 24 March 2006. The eruptions originated from the bottom of the volcano's Caliente Lake. Witnesses described a sudden emission of water and sediments S of the lake. Roaring was heard in a nearby tourist area and weak earthquakes were felt.
OVSICORI-UNA visited the E side of the volcano on 25 March and confirmed that water, blocks, and sediments from the bottom of the lake had been ejected.Several dozens of impact craters were seen with diameters between 15 and 60 cm, extending E as far as 700 m. Blocks were found that ranged in diameter from a few to 50 cm wide. During 22-27 March, harmonic tremor was recorded. On the 27th, there was a reduction in seismicity and it returned to normal levels. No deformation was measured at the volcano. A news article reported that the area around the volcano was closed to visitors.
More on VolcanoDiscovery:
Latest VAAC alerts
: The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers provide near-real time global monitoring of volcanic ash plumes for aviation. Read the latest (or browse past) advisories.
Latest quakes at Katla volcano
: One of Iceland's most active and dangerous volcanoes is showing signs of unrest and statistically due for a new eruption. Earthquakes could give a clue.
Books about Volcanoes
: A selection of great books about volcanoes and volcanism, grouped into sections of different reading level interest.