Costa Rica News – Authorities remind us of the many reasons not to climb an active volcano. This comes after some photos of people posing close to the active crater in Turrialba were released.
The CNE and experts in volcanology have a “total disapproval” for people without sufficient knowledge or protective equipment approaching an active crater.
The area of the Turrialba volcano has been closed since 2012 because of intense activity. It is extremely dangerous to be in the zone because of the frequent falls of incandescent rocks that are a danger to human life. There are also highly toxic volcanic gases in high concentrations and temperatures. The wind takes them in unpredictable directions which change frequently and without warning.
The entrance is prohibited in order to protect human lives but also because entering causes irreversible damages to entry gates and expensive surveillance and investigation equipment.
For those who refuse to heed the warnings, the National Emergency Commission makes clear that there is “no possibility of recovering a body inside the crater.” It would be irresponsible to send rescue crews into such a dangerous place to save someone who voluntarily and illegally went there.