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Complex volcano 1916 m (6,286 ft)
Costa Rica, 10.83°N / -85.32°W
: minor activity or eruption warning
(3 out of 5)
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Rincón de la Vieja volcano eruptions:
1529(?), 1765, 1844, 1849, 1851(?), 1853-54, 1860, 1861-63, 1902(?), 1912, 1917(?), 1922, 1966-67, 1969, 1969, 1970, 1983, 1984, 1985-86, 1987, 1991-92, 1995, 1998 (Feb.-Sep.), 2011-2012, 2014, 2015-ongoing
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Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Costa Rica: activity updates
Fri, 23 Jun 2017, 17:14
OVSICORI-UNA reported that on 15 June a diffuse plume of mainly water vapor rose 50 m above Rincón de la Vieja's crater rim. A small hydrothermal explosion from the crater with the highly acidic lake was detected around noon on 18 June. ...more
Wed, 24 May 2017, 12:05
A moderately large phreatic eruption occurred from the crater lake at 10:20 local time on 23 May 2017, producing a plume of steam and ash that rose 500-1000 m as well as a lahar that descended the northern flank.
Tue, 3 May 2016, 12:05
OVSICORI-UNA reported that a moderate hydrothermal explosion occurred at 14:37 local time on 1 May in the volcano's crater lake. The seismic network recorded the explosion for 11 minutes.
Sun, 3 Apr 2016, 12:05
A smaoo eruption, probably phreatic, occurred on 30 March, ejecting a small ash plume.
Sat, 12 Mar 2016, 09:40
Last Wednesday's eruption at Rincón de la Vieja volcano (OVSICORI-UNA)
The volcano had a new explosion from its crater lake last Wednesday 8 March. The eruption threw deposits of mud and ash onto the northern side of the crater to up to 120 m distance from the rim and generated a small plume of ash that caused light ash fall in nearby villages in up to 6 km distance to the north. ...more
Sun, 21 Sep 2014, 16:39
Aerial image of the crater lake of Rincon de la Vieja volcano (image: OVSICORI-UNA)
The volcano increased its activity. Since 17 Sep, phreatic explosions have regularly occurred from the main crater which contains an acid lake. Although none was observed directly, at least 6 explosions could be identified by seismic signals. An aerial survey yesterday showed no fresh deposits, which suggests that the eruptions were rather small and did not eject material beyond the lake. ...more
Wed, 6 Mar 2013, 12:05
OVSICORI-UNA received reports at 05:30 on 26 February of pulsing white plumes rising from Rincon de la Vieja's active crater about every four minutes. ...more
Sat, 6 Oct 2012, 07:56
The acid crater lake. On the right there are thermal convective cells (upwelling), mainly in the south and east of the lake (RSN)
The volcano has a very active hot lake whose degassing activity and temperature (48° C) increased after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake on 5 Sep. It has milky gray color due to mixing of sediments. ...more
Thu, 12 Apr 2012, 10:05
Over the past weeks, the National Park of Rincón de la Vieja has been observing an increase in volcanic activity, and a small phreatic eruption occurred from the main crater on 11 April.
Thu, 1 Mar 2012, 16:29
Seismic recording of a phreatic explosion at 00:16 local time on 19 February 2012
New phreatic explosions were recorded at Rincón de la Vieja volcano in northern Costa Rica. ...more
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