As a country that houses more than a dozen volcanoes in its innumerable national parks and reserves, Costa Rica has long been a coveted destination for emerging and established geologists hoping to gain a better understanding of the nature of volcanic eruptions and perhaps predict the future of the Central American nation’s own volcanic system.

The Turrialba Volcano, named for the region in Cartago in which it is found, is a sizable stratovolcano that stands 3,340 metres (10,958 feet) tall and features three large craters that had long been celebrated by scientists for their fumaroles and steaming sulfur pits. Normally a popular tourist destination in the area due to its rich biodiversity, epic scenery and serene environment, Turrialba is now the refuge of scientists, national park workers and volcanic researchers hoping to get a handle on the situation before the volcano can present a threat to nearby towns like San Jose.

The first eruption for the Turrialba volcano in more than a century ago.

The Turrialba is a vibrant part of the natural scenery in Cartago and a sight to behold.

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