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Costa Rican Volcano Spews Ash: Evacuations Follow January 15, 2010
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Costa Rican vulcanologists say that no eruption of lava is likely soon from Turrialba since their measurements have shown no indication of magma activity.
The creation of two new craters at northern Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano sent ash soaring above northern parts of the country.

Residents of the two nearby towns of La Central and El Retiro were briefly evacuated.

Authorities said there was no immediate threat of a violent eruption and that no lava flows were likely to occur.

Turrialba last produced an eruption in 1856, which sent ash falling as far away as Nicaragua, according to historical records.

The mountain has become increasingly active since it began to rumble again in January 2001.

Photo: Government of Costa Rica