Alert issued after Costa Rican volcano erupts
SAN JOSE (AFP) Jul 07, 2004
Costa Rica's National Emergency Commissionhas issued an alert following an eruption of the Arenal volcano, one of the Central American country's key tourist attractions.

The Arenal volcano, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the capital, has a cone of some 1,633 meters (5,358 feet) and erupted Tuesday sending an avalanche of lava down one side of its summit, according to the authorities.

No fresh eruptions have been reported Wednesday, but the CNE has prohibited people approaching the volcano in a bid to highlight its potential danger to visiting tourists.

The country is visited by over one million tourists annually.