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Turrialba Volcano Continues Erupting in Costa Rica, Closes Schools

Volcanic eruptions have spread ash across parts of Costa Rica and forced the cancellation of schools in the Turrialba area.

The Turrialba volcano erupted three times on Thursday, the last occurring at 2:50 p.m. local time, according to the University of Costa Rica.

The current series of eruptions began March 8. It marked the second major eruption of Turrialba in the last five years. Prior to 2010, Turrialba last erupted 145 years earlier.

Ash from the eruptions was forecast to fall over 40 kilometers (20 miles), according to a USGS forecast provided by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica. The observatory had received numerous ash reports from across the region.

Schools in the Turrialba area were closed for Friday, according to Costa Rica's National Emergency Commission. A decision would be made later about Monday's classes.

No injuries or damage were reported, according to Costa Rica media.

The eruptions also forced the closure of Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría International Airport until at least Friday morning, according to the Tico Times website.