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Poás Volcano National Park reopens after eruption

Poás Volcano National Park has reopened to the public, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) said Wednesday, after the park’s namesake erupted Monday morning.

Authorities will continue to monitor the volcano for any increases in seismic activity, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) said.

“Monitoring information over the last hours indicates the decrease in activity and a step to a more ‘normal’ state,” SINAC said Wednesday. “Therefore the CNE (National Emergency Commission) authorizes the opening of the Poás Volcano National Park.”

Poás Volcano National Park had been closed Monday and Tuesday on CNE’s recommendation. The organization cited a “high probability” of further activity following Monday’s eruption.

Poás Volcano also underwent a 25-minute hydrothermal eruption on Sept. 22.

Nearly 50,000 people visited Poás Volcano National Park in the last four months of 2018 after it reopened with new safety measures, including eruption shelters for the public, implemented by Costa Rican authorities.

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