I ran across an interesting article that I thought I would share. The article is from TeleTica.com This is a Costa Rican article and presented from Costa Rica’s perspective. The article’s title in English is Possible Panamanian volcano eruption could affect the country.
Following is the gist of the original article in English.
Volcan Baru draws the attention of the Costa Rican seismologists for its potential to affect Costa Rica’s southern zone. the colossus measures 3,474 meters and is hard to see from the country.
It is the tallest south of Central America and is just 40 kilometers from San Vito de Coto Brus in the province of Chiriqui.
For this reason National Seismological Network seismologists will conduct a tour of the South Zone. Its aim is to raise awareness in neighboring communities such as Golfito, Ciudad Neily, Corredores and Osa.
The volcano’s last strong activity was 500 years ago, this situation is no guarantee of future safety.
For this reason in the coming weeks Costa Rican specialists will visit the Volcan Baru.
Due to the narrowness of the Isthmus of Panama and the height of the volcano, on a clear day you can see from its summit the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
A previous and similar article from last November follows:
More than 22 days ago, experts from the National Seismological Network (RSN) visited the Baru Volcano, located west of the province of Chiriqui in Panamá.
The objective was to study in depth due to the constant activity that has occurred in recent months, the last strong eruption ago 500 years.The interest seismologists movements Panamanian colossus is because in case of an eruption occurred this could generate direct effects on our country.
Some of the damages which could cause result from volcanic activity are: ash, air traffic, respiratory problems in people and animals.
Currently the National Seismological Network monitors and analyzes strategies Baru if an emergency occurs.
So apparently, Costa Rica is creating a plan in the event of an eruption. Does that make you wonder if Panama has made similar plans. Does that incentivize you to register with the your Embassy so they have an accurate head count in case of emergency. U.S. Citizens should use STEP to register.
Something to think about.
Following is Panama’s response to TeleTica’s article. It basically says, don’t worry, we have you covered and there is no threat.
The National Civil Protection System issued a statement denying rumors of a possible involvement in Costa Rica for alleged barú eruption Volcano, located in the province of Chiriqui, Panama.
“The volcano poses no risk right now … Baru volcano has shown no signs of being in eruptive phase, Panama possesses necessary to indicate any risk instrumentation, this publication lacks scientific technical value”, José Donderis director said SINAPROC.
This week the chain Teletica published a report with statements of volcanologists of the National Seismological Network of Costa Rica, which indicate a possible risk of effects caused by ash in Costa Rican communities to shop Baru volcano eruption. Further notes that in the coming days, a group of experts will visit Panama ticos to study.
Donderis explained that SINAPROC is in constant communication with the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama, and urged people not to believe and not sharing information that give rise to speculation.