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Costa Rica Volcano Eruption Forces Local Residents to Evacuate

© AFP 2021 / Ezequiel BECERRAThe Turrialba volcano, located in the Costa Rican province of Cartago, about 35km southwest of San Jose, spews ash on November 1, 2014
The Turrialba volcano, located in the Costa Rican province of Cartago, about 35km southwest of San Jose, spews ash on November 1, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Turrialba, in Costa Rica's Cartago Province, shot a column of gas and ash a kilometer into the air Thursday, causing local authorities to evacuate residents from the surrounding area.

It's Turrialba's most powerful eruption in two decades, Reuters reported.

Four explosions were observed Thursday, with ash reaching the capital San Jose around 30 miles away, closing the airport there. 

Emergency services officials closed access roads near the volcano, and were evacuating a radius of just over a mile around it.

"We have recommended the evacuation of people and small animals as a precaution," a spokesperson from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica said. "The last explosion was very strong."

Turrialba erupted in October, spewing magma for the first time since approximately 1863, according to Reuters. 

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