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Report on Turrialba (Costa Rica) — April 1993

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 18, no. 4 (April 1993)
Managing Editor: Edward Venzke.

Turrialba (Costa Rica) Fumarolic activity unchanged

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1993. Report on Turrialba (Costa Rica). In: Venzke, E (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 18:4. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199304-345070.

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Turrialba

Costa Rica

10.025°N, 83.767°W; summit elev. 3340 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


Fumarolic activity continued in the N, W, and SW walls of the main crater. Temperatures at the fumaroles, 90°C, have remained relatively unchanged since 1982 (17:02). A condensate sample had a pH of 4.5, similar to the pH of 4.8 recorded in December 1992 (17:12). Small landslides from the N, S, and W walls continued.

Geologic Background. Turrialba, the easternmost of Costa Rica's Holocene volcanoes, is a large vegetated basaltic-to-dacitic stratovolcano located across a broad saddle NE of IrazĂș volcano overlooking the city of Cartago. The massive edifice covers an area of 500 km2. Three well-defined craters occur at the upper SW end of a broad 800 x 2200 m summit depression that is breached to the NE. Most activity originated from the summit vent complex, but two pyroclastic cones are located on the SW flank. Five major explosive eruptions have occurred during the past 3500 years. A series of explosive eruptions during the 19th century were sometimes accompanied by pyroclastic flows. Fumarolic activity continues at the central and SW summit craters.

Information Contacts: E. Fernández, J. Barquero, V. Barboza, and Walter Jimenez, OVSICORI.