SAN JOSE: The Costa Rican authorities suspended operations at the country’s main airport on Monday (Sep 19) after the nearby Turrialba volcano erupted, sending a thick ash cloud into the sky.
The San Jose international airport was temporarily closed for security reasons because the volcanic ash could cause problems for planes, the civil aviation authority said.
Airport sources said eight approaching flights were diverted as the order was given, some to the north of the country and others to El Salvador.
Turrialba erupted twice on Monday, first at dawn and again just before noon. The second eruption sent an ash cloud 4,000 metres into the air.
The volcano stands 35 kilometres from the capital.