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Costa Rica Rincon de la Vieja Awakes Up?

Volcano Awakening From Sleep

Costa Rica Rincon de la Vieja VolcanoThe new year has gotten off to quite a rumbling start for the Rincon de la Vieja, one of Costa Rica’s famous volcanoes located approximately 25 km from Liberia in the province of Guanacaste. For this “The Old Woman’s Corner” as the name translates, a reference to folklore about a girl whose lover was thrown into the crater by her father and became a recluse on the mountain, the volcano has been recently awaken from its dreams and has begun to rumble.

In early February, according to the seismic activity recorded by OVSICORI, the volcano experienced several small explosions. Although none of the explosions, recorded over a few days caused any damage to the surroundings, with no reports of ash fall, the explosions mimicked similar activity that was recorded in September 2011 which resulted in an eruption.

The Rincon de la Vieja stands approximately 6286 ft above sea level and its peak is the highest point at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Composed of a number of fumaroles and hot springs, the crater has been created by lava. Within the crater there are a number of  volcanic vents, peaks and craters. The most active peak called Von Seebach has seen its share of activity.

Volcano Flexing It’s Muscle

There is very little information available regarding the early history of Costa Rica’s most active volcano. It is speculated that a large eruption occurred thousands of years ago, guesstimated at 3500 years. History has recorded its first documented eruption dating back to 1765. The most recent eruption occurred in September 2011 at a crater near known Von Seebach peak. Characterised by the volcano community as a Strombolian and Vulcanian activity, the eruptions were confined to the crater. Ash erupted to moderate heights and as a result, the crater filled with hot acidic matter.

The region around the Rincon de la Vieja is considered to be one of the best spots in Costa Rica in terms of geothermal activity which results in hot springs and bubbly mud pools. Tourists are attracted to the therapeutic properties associated with the mud baths. Part of the National Park, the surrounding area is known for its ranching and cowboy activities. Wildlife is abundant and visitors can capture a true feeling of cattle ranching which continues to thrive today.

The Rincon de la Vieja may be stirring, stretching its peak, making a little noise just to let everyone know that it is still around and wants you to come and visit. It’s an opportunity to see an active volcano and take in some of the regions natural wonders. Rincon de la Vieja roars!

 

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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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