Costa Rica Volcano Rock And Roll

Earthquake Activity Monitored

Costa Rica Arenal VolcanoCosta Rica was created as a bridge between North and South America by natural forces that are still at work today. With two tectonic plates surrounding the country, The Cocos Plate in the Pacific Region and the Atlantic Plate, creating the perfect conditions for some rock and roll of the earth nature.

When two tectonic plates move and collide with each other as in the case of the Costa Rica plates, seismic waves are created by their friction. The energy builds up until it needs to be released, resulting in an earthquake. The scale of the tremors depends on the amount of energy to be released.

In Costa Rica, the most serious earthquake experienced to date was in 1991 in the Limon-Pandora region of Costa Rica. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake resulted in 28 deaths, thousands homeless and over 800 buildings destroyed. Tsunami’s were reported in various regions of the area and total damages were estimated to be in the $40 million U.S. range.

Volcanoes also play a role in earthquakes. With seven active and 6 dormant volcanoes and the last big eruption in 1963, continued activity of these geological forms influences the activity of the tectonic plates. The volcanoes, part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, spreads throughout the Pacific coast of America. The Irazu volcano has seen the most activity, showering San Jose and its surrounding regions with ash and smoke for two years back in 1963.

Another key factor in the increase in tremors and potential earthquakes in Costa Rica is the rain. During the wet season, landslides result due to the significant amount of water and the soil’s inability to absorb it all. Landslides are not uncommon during the wet season and many roads are deemed un passable.

Costa Rica Steps Up Earthquake Monitoring

The Comision Nacional de Prevencion de Riesgos y Atencion de Emergencies (CNE) recently announced that it will increase its monitoring of the seismic activity in the south and west regions of the Central Valley due to its increased activity. A increase in seismic activity has been determined in the San Miguel and San Antonio region. In this particular region, the source of the activity is difficult to determine because the tremors are not aligned with Costa Rica’s existing faults.

Despite the real threats that volcanoes pose to this country, they also provide tourists with the opportunity to see the splendor that these natural formations have. The Arenal Volcano in the La Fortuna region of Costa Rica provides a spectacular light show in the evening hours for tourists. The Poas Volcano with its two large craters filled with the most exquisite blue colored water is a sight that cannot be missed when planning your vacation in Costa Rica.


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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