Arenal Volcano Erupts

May 25, 2010


Costa Rica’s most famous and visited volcano, the Arenal, put on show for the thousands of visitors to the arrea and locals, as it erupted, spewing geysers of lava, ash and toxic gases from its crater and forcing the evacuation of the national park where it is located.
One visitor told the television news cameras, “it was spectacular at first, but then become concerning”.
The 1633-metre-tall cone-shaped mountain in northern Costa Rica shuddered into activity at shortly after noon on Monday issuing eight successive rivers of lava that flowed down its steep slopes, the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) reported.
Nobody was at risk from the eruptions but authorities as a precaution evacuated the national park that surrounds the colossus, located, two hours north-east of San José.
The Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s major tourist attractions and the park has scores of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping centres.
No estimates were given of how many people were inside the park when the eruption began.
Arenal’s last major eruption in July 1968 killed 89 people. Smaller eruptions have occurred at least six times over the past 35 years.

On May 3rd the first rock was set on the site of what will be the CIMA Hospital in Guanacaste. Located near the Daniel Oduber International Airport this is part of a megaproject called Pacific Plaza. The Consorcio Hospitalario Internacional (IHC) will be in charge of the hospital administration, while the construction of this first phase will be financed by the promoting partners Fondo Emerge, CE Consorcio Esquivel, the Aguilera Apestegui family, private institutional investors and from financing brought by Banco de Inversión E3-CORP.
The project consist of 3 story building with 42 medical offices, a heliport, food court, pharmacy and space for six commercial locals. The complex will also have housing for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s, retirees and for patients that need special care. The construction is expected to be finished in June of 2011 and the remaining stages of the project throughout the next 8 years. Without a doubt the CIMA Hospital ( will be a great option with first class medicine for the coastal residents and Guanacastecos in general.

Hospital CIMA en Guanacaste

El día 3 de mayo se colocó la primera piedra de la que será la sede en Guanacaste del hospital CIMA.  Estará ubicado cerca del aeropuerto internacional Daniel Oduber, dentro de un megaproyecto denominado Pacific Plaza. La administración del centro hospitalario estará a cargo del Consorcio Hospitalario Internacional (IHC) y la construcción de la primera etapa del hospital será financiada de los socios promotores Fondo Emerge, CE Consorcio Esquivel, la familia Aguilera Apestegui, inversionistas institucionales privados y financiamiento bancario atraído por el Banco de Inversión E3-CORP.
El proyecto incluirá un helipuerto, una torre de tres pisos con 42 consultorios médicos, 6 locales comerciales, farmacia y área de comida. El complejo además contará con residencias para jubilados, viviendas para personas que requieren cuidados especiales, residencias para adultos mayores con Alzheimer o demencia senil. Se espera que su construcción esté lista en junio del 2011 y el resto del proyecto se completaría en los siguientes ocho años.  Sin duda alguna el Hospital CIMA ( será una opción de servicios médicos de primera clase para los residentes de las costas y Guanacaste en general.