Biggest eruption in years at Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

The Costa Rican volcano spewed a massive column of ash.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in northwest Costa Rica erupted on Monday, spewing a column of smoke in what authorities said may have been its biggest event in years.

The three-minute eruption began at 5:42 a.m. and generated a column of ash and gas that rose 2 km above the crater. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) did not report any evacuations, damage or injuries associated with the activity.

In the below video, you can observe the eruption and the debris cascading down the volcano’s slopes:

“It was a pretty energetic eruption,” Maarten de Moor, a specialist at the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori), told AFP.

Although the volcano has frequent outbursts, this “could be the largest since the 1990s,” he added.

Costa Rica has five volcanos that have been active historically: