Costa Rican airport reopens after volcano eruption

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Posted: Mar 14, 2015 12:48 AM
Costa Rican airport reopens after volcano eruption

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Smoke and ash spewing high into the sky from the Turrialba volcano led officials to cancel classes in a dozen nearby schools Friday and disrupted operations at Costa Rica's principal airport.

The Juan Santamaria international airport in the capital, San Jose, reopened around midday Friday after remaining closed through Thursday night. The Turrialba volcano erupted three times Thursday and state observers recorded a smaller eruption Friday morning.

Costa Rica's air security agency said ash on the runways could pose a risk as could the impaired visibility from the plume of ash.

The local Tobias Bolanos airport also was closed intermittently.