QCOSTARICA – A pharmacy in Coronado, one of the areas most affected by the ashfall from the eruption of the Turrialba volcano Friday morning, reports selling more than 1,000 face masks in less than two hours.
The El Pilar, located by the Coronado park, said it call its supplier for more stock.
Coronado and Guadalupe on the northeast side of San Jose are two areas most affected by the ash fall driven by winds from the colossus.
In downtown San Jose Friday night, cars parked all day were covered with a fine layer of ash and the smell of sulfur was in the air.
For their part, the water utility, Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) reports that the drinking water is not affected by the ashfall. The power and light company, the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), reports minor damage to its electrical network from the accumulation of ash. The CNFL says it will on Monday start a cleaning process of its equipment, starting in Coronado.
Medical experts recommend the use of face masks given that the volcanic ash can cause asthma. According to the experts, visits to hospitals and clinics have increased as a result of the activity of the volcano.