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Arenal Volcano Eruption Forces Evacuation Of Tourists

The Arenal volcano put on a great show for tourists and locals alike yesterday, with three major eruptions. The eruptions were said to be of  "great intensity", as gas, rocks and ashes spewed out of the great colossus.

The eruption was so intense that a group of 50 tourists in the national park has to be evacuated as a preventive measure.

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) explained that they have been keeping a close eye on the volcano since 7am when activity increased considerably, including sending off tremors.

"During the last few days there has been some movement, but short ones. Yesterday the volcano spewed out of the side of the national part", said Javier Pacheco of the Ovsicori.

Mario Quirós, head of the park rangers at the Arenal, said that the first eruptions were intense and the following where much calmer.

Even though it wasn't much noticed, the Turrialba volcano, southeast of San José, generated more than normal activity yesterday



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