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Costa Rica volcano erupts in picturesque display of smoke and ash

Costa Rica’s majestic Turrialba volcano erupted early Monday morning, lighting up the night sky and spewing smoke and ash as high 4,000 metres.

The eruption took place at 2:53 a.m. local time and peaked with incandescent rocks being thrown from the volcano’s massive crater. A second blast occurred later that morning at 11:32 a.m., sending ash and smoke some 4,000 metres into the air, according to Costa Rica’s volcano and seismology body OVSICORI.

The volcano had been experiencing steady tremors coupled with light gas and ash emission since Saturday with a minor eruption on Sunday, according to the Costa Rica Star News.

Early riser

Ash rises over Turrialba volcano as seen from San Gerardo de Irazu, Costa Rica early Monday morning.

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(Juan Carlos/Reuters)

Blanket of ash

Two 15-minute eruptions from Turrialba, left homes, streets, cars and vegetation covered in volcanic ash.

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(Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

Flights cancelled

A man looks on as ash from the Turrialba volcano falls on the city of San Jose. Authorities temporarily closed Costa Rica’s international airport following the explosions, affecting 120 flights and 3,000 passengers.

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(Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

After the storm

A dog covered in volcanic ash plays with its owner after the eruption.

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(Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

Dusty boots

A farmer kicks ash from the Turrialba volcano off the grass in his pasture in San Gerardo de Irazu.

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(Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

View from the top

A plume of steam and ash rises from the volcano. Turrialba experienced its largest eruption in 150 years nearly two years ago in October 2014. The volcano is over 3,300 metres high and located 22 kilometres northwest of the city of Turrialba.

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(Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

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