Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano Erupts on Monday Morning
Costa Rica's Arenal volcano is reported to have erupted, spewing geysers of lava, ash and toxic gases from its crater, leading to immediate evacuation of the national park where it is located.
The Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica's main tourist spots and the park has many hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping centers as well.
The 1633-metre-tall mountain in northern Costa Rica started the activity at 4 am this morning, issuing eight successive rivers of lava that showered down its steep slopes, National Volcanology and Seismology Observatory expert Elicer Duarte posted.
He added, however, there was no need of an alert level as nobody was at risk because of the eruptions but authorities evacuated the Arenal National Park, 80km north-east of San Jose as a precautionary measure.
The activity is reported to have stabilized by afternoon, and rangers reopened the park on Monday around 3 p. m.
There were no estimates received about the number of people that were present at the park when the eruption started.
Arenal's last major eruption in July 1968 engulfed 89 people. Smaller eruptions have been witnessed at least six times over the past 35 years.