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Costa Rica: Infrared Camera Captures 3-Mile High Eruption of Turrialba Volcano on Thursday [Video]

“It was a single explosion but a really strong one. This means that there was high pressure inside the volcano,” said Javier Pacheco of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica.


When Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted early Thursday, sending plumes of ash and smoke towards the small country, it was also captured on camera — a thermo camera.

Whirlpools of purple, red, and orange seen on the infrared camera illustrated the magnitude of the eruption.
“It was a single explosion but a really strong one. This means that there was high pressure inside the volcano,” Javier Pacheco, a vulcanologist with the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), told the Tico Times.

The eruption reached 3-miles into the sky, Pacheco told Tico Times.

The 8-minute-long eruption started at 1:18 a.m., according to OVSICORI, and ash fell in mulitple cities.

On their its page, OVSICORI even shared a video where the ash can be seen, falling as big as wet heavy snowflakes.

On the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network’s Facebook page, people shared photos of their cars, patios, and even body parts covered in thick ash. People commented that they could smell sulfur.