Magma rising at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa RicaEarth scientists at the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) of the University of Costa Rica issued a statement yesterday that underscores the need for emergency planning and disaster preparedness in the communities near the Turrialba volcano, in the province of Cartago. Magmatic levels at this active colossus are rising, and they are now just hundreds of meters away from the crater. The brave RSN geologists, volcanologists and seismologists reached the summit of the Turrialba on Friday, and they found what they considered to be: Undisputed evidence of the presence of fresh chunks of lava, which were ejected in incandescent form and in a molten state [during previous eruptions]. These rocks indicate, without a doubt, the presence of young volcanic matter and fresh lava, which is just a few hundred meters beneath the surface of the active crater system. These lava fragments represent baby volcanic rocks in Costa Rica; they are just five days old. Their composition seems to correspond to basaltic andesite [black volcanic rock], which is made up of minerals such as olivine and pyroxene [among others]. This type of lava is normal insofar as the volcanology of the active mountain ranges of our country. FULL REPORT