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Fire Devours 78 “Homes” In Poor Neighbourhood of San Jose: Four Dead, One Missing

Fire Devours 78 “Homes” In Poor Neighbourhood of San Jose: Four Dead, One Missing

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Domestic violence, a man who threatened to kill his better half, may have been responsible for causing the fire that devoured 78 ‘humble homes’ (ranchos in Spanish), in which four people lost their lives and one still missing. The fire began around 11:00pm Saturday in the Garabito ‘precario’ (shantytown) of […]

9 Deaths Confirmed From Hurricane Otto

9 Deaths Confirmed From Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS, SAN JOSE 7:35pm – It’s been 24 hours since the eye of Hurricane Otto descended on the northern town of Upala, a community of some 45,000 that is tonight struggling to return some form of normalcy, but never again they it was. Emergency crews are working around the clock to restore […]

A Weakend Otto Rapidly Moving Towards The Pacific Ocean

A Weakend Otto Rapidly Moving Towards The Pacific Ocean

7:55pm Thursday. Making landfall early this morning as a Category 2, Hurricane Otto weakened rapidly as it moved across southern Nicaragua and currently making its way through northern Costa Rica. At 7:45pm, Otto is battering the largest of the populated area in its path, the border town of Upala and moving west at 19 km/h. […]

Otto Continues To Gain Strength, Approaching Category 3

Otto Continues To Gain Strength, Approaching Category 3

9:00am SAN JOSE – Hurricane Otto continues to gain strength, very close to being classed a Category 3 hurricane as it nears the Caribbean coast between Nicaragua’s Bluefields and Costa Rica’s Isla Calero. The winds at 9:00am is 175 km/h, 3 km short of a category 3. In the latest report by the National Hurricane […]

Costa Rica Braces For The Arrival Of Otto

Costa Rica Braces For The Arrival Of Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Hurricane Otto is steadily advancing toward the Caribbean coast between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, with wind speeds of up to 140 km/h. This was confirmed by the report issued by the US National Hurricane Center at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Wednesday evening President Luis Guillermo Solis made a passionate call, […]

“This Is Not A Rainfall,” Warns Costa Rica President Solis

“This Is Not A Rainfall,” Warns Costa Rica President Solis

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – “This is not a rainfall,” were the words of Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis this morning following hours of early morning meetings with a group of legislators and heads of various national relief and emergency support committees. The meeting at Casa Presidencial began before 7:00am. Shortly after 9:00am, President […]

Recommendations For Tourists Visiting or Foreigners Living In Costa Rica

Recommendations For Tourists Visiting or Foreigners Living In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – All visitors and foreigners living in Costa Rica should take precautions against the possibility of heavy rains, strong winds, flooding, and mudslides throughout Costa Rica as a result of Hurricane Otto. Otto is currently located east of Puerto Limon in the Caribbean Sea and is approaching Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  It […]

HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR COSTA RICA AND SOUTHERN NICARAGUA

HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR COSTA RICA AND SOUTHERN NICARAGUA

…Otto To Become Hurricane Today… Q COSTA RICA NEWS – The US National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, changed its forecast and said that Tropical Storm Otto will become a Hurricane “this Tuesday,” and not Wednesday, as announced on Monday. The call continues for a voluntary evacuation and the people in the affected areas to […]

Heavy Rains The Big Threat

Heavy Rains The Big Threat

Tropical Depression Sixteen (TD 16) is likely to bring torrential rains, landslides, and flooding to parts of Costa Rica and Central America. The region’s complex, rugged topography may lead to several widely dispersed areas of extremely heavy rain. The most confident outlook is for several inches of rain over nearly all of Nicaragua, with a […]

Slow-Strengthening Tropical Depression Expected To Convert To Hurricane And Hit Costa Rica On Wednesday

Slow-Strengthening Tropical Depression Expected To Convert To Hurricane And Hit Costa Rica On Wednesday

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Tropical Depression Sixteen will become a Hurricane Otto on Wednesday heading into the northeastern part of Costa Rica and southeastern Nicaragua, says the U.S. based National Hurricane Centre (NHC). The almost-stationary storm is about 282 kilometres (175 miles) east-southeast of the San Andres island,  with maximum sustained winds of 80 […]

Boo! Feliz Halloween

Boo! Feliz Halloween

(QCOSTARICA) Although most of the parties around town were on Friday and Saturday, today, October 31 is Halloween (Noche de Brujas in Spanish). What can you expect around town today and tonight? Not much. Halloween is relatively new to Costa Rica. It is unlikely you will find children in costumes and little of the trick-or-treating […]

“Platina Bridge” Mocks Transport Officials

“Platina Bridge” Mocks Transport Officials

(QCostarica) Literally three metal slabs (one big and two small) plug up the gaping holes on the “Platina” bridge – the bridge over the Virilla river on the autopista General Cañas San Jose bound, two of which are new, placed in an emergency repair Thursday night, early Friday morning. On Thursday afternoon, parts of the […]

Turrialba Volcano May Be Ready To “Blow”?

Turrialba Volcano May Be Ready To “Blow”?

QCOSTARICA – In the last several days the Turrialba volcano has been relatively calm, continuing to spew ash and gases, but, a much reduced rate than the last ‘violent’ eruption Tuesday night. However, it does not mean we can relax. Nor should we panic. According to experts, like Guillermo Alvarado, volcanologist for the National Seismological […]

The Calm Before The Storm? Turrialba Volcano Temporarily Halted Emanations Of Ash

The Calm Before The Storm? Turrialba Volcano Temporarily Halted Emanations Of Ash

QCOSTARICA (6:17pm May 24, 2016) – The Turrialba volcano has gone almost 24 hours without the constant ash emissions that continued non-stop since last Friday. The Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) reports the ash emissions stopped around 9:45pm Monday. However, experts believe this to be a temporary lull, the colossus at any moment could resume eruptive […]

Constant Ash Emissions Continue At The Turrialba Volcano

Constant Ash Emissions Continue At The Turrialba Volcano

QCOSTARICA – The Turrialba volcano is now in its third day of constantly spewing ash, gas and rock. The colossus made an “important” eruption Friday morning, the third since 2014 when it began its current cycle of activity. The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – national emergency commission – reports nothing has changed since and […]

American and United Cancelled Flights on Saturday Between Costa Rica and The United States

American and United Cancelled Flights on Saturday Between Costa Rica and The United States

QCOSTARICA – Hundreds of passengers were affected Saturday with the decision of two U.S. airlines, American and United, to suspend a number of flights between Costa Rica and the United States, confirmed Ennio Cubillo, director of Civil Aviation. Despite airport operations at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport are normal, the two airlines said the […]

Flight Delays and Cancellations After Turrialba Volcano Eruption

Flight Delays and Cancellations After Turrialba Volcano Eruption

QCOSTARICA – Some airlines cancelled, others delayed or diverted flights on Friday due to ashfall in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) after the last the eruption of the Turrialba volcano at 7:27am. Ennio Cubillo, director of Civil Aviation, confirmed that the Juan Santamaria International airport (SJO) is operating normally, however, some airlines decided on the […]

Early Friday Morning Eruptions At The Turrialba Volcano Spreads Ash In The Central Valley

Early Friday Morning Eruptions At The Turrialba Volcano Spreads Ash In The Central Valley

QCOSTARICA – Two early morning eruptions this Friday by the Turrialba volcano, the first at 6:07am and the second at 7:40am, covered the Central Valley with more ash. The first eruption was mild, while the second sent up a column of ash more than 3.000 metres (3 kilometres), according the Observatorio Sismológico y Vulcanológico de […]

Turrialba Volcano Had A Midday Monday Eruption

Turrialba Volcano Had A Midday Monday Eruption

QCOSTARICA – Be prepared for more ashfall following the latest eruption of the Turrialba volcano around noon today, Monday. According to the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI) the ashfall will likely be felt in many area of the Central Valley, depending on the winds and the rains. The OVSICORI and the Red […]

Central Valley Wrapped In a Gray Cloud With The Eruption of Turrialba Volcano

Central Valley Wrapped In a Gray Cloud With The Eruption of Turrialba Volcano

QCOSTARICA – A strong eruption of the Turrialba volcano occurred at 1:19am this Thursday, spewing gases, aerosols, hot rocks and ash covering many areas of the Central Valley. Falling ash was reported in areas of San Jose, Coronado, Ipis, San Pedro Montes de Oca, San Isidro Heredia, San Pablo Heredia, TibAs, Pavas, La Uruca, La […]

Turrialba Volcano Continues With Ash Eruptions

Turrialba Volcano Continues With Ash Eruptions

QCOSTARICA – Once again, access to the Turrialba volcano has been closed off  due to the start of a new cycle of eruptions.  A five kilometre (3.1 mile) perimeter around the colossus has been established, the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – national emergency commission – said Sunday. “Due to the constant activity at the […]

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