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Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

Costa Rica

Cartago, Costa Rica

May 24, 2016

The Turrialba volcano, which began erupting in Cartago, Costa Rica, on May 12th, remains active and has resulted in a large ash cloud approximately 9,800 feet high. The volcano, located about 45 miles east of the capital of San Jose, has led to various degrees of falling ash in nearby areas. Costa Rica's National Commission for Risk Prevention and Disaster Response (CNE) has declared a yellow alert for the volcano (the second-highest on a three-level alert system) and restricted access to the volcano within a 5 kilometer radius. The ISA resident staff has reported that wind has blown ash to Heredia and San Jose, as well as other nearby cities; however, the level of ash fall in Cartago, Heredia, and San Jose is currently modest.

All ISA students onsite are accounted for and safe and ISA programs have been largely unaffected by the ongoing eruptions. The resident staff has provided students with safety tips to stay healthy and protect themselves from the ash. Because the volcano continues to emit ash into the atmosphere, some flights have been rerouted as a precaution from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), roughly 125 miles outside of San Jose. ISA's resident staff is monitoring local news and flight changes for the potential impact on ISA students arriving to or departing Costa Rica this week, as well as reminding students to reconfirm flight schedules with their airlines and assisting with alternative ground transportation plans for those diverted. The resident staff will continue to provide updates and advise students as necessary.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.