The Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE Jan 5 – Ash eruptions from Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano forced the cancellation of dozens of commercial flights Wednesday, according to media reports.

More than 30 flights were cancelled over concerns about airborne ash from the 3,340 meter volcano, located just 60 kilometers northeast of the capital San Jose, the daily La Nacion reported.

Turrialba began erupting Tuesday, dusting San Jose and other cities in central Costa Rica, as well as the Juan Santamaria International Airport, with a fine layer of ash.

The volcano is a popular tourist attraction. After more than a century lying dormant, it reawoke six years ago, and has since subjected Costa Rica to periodic eruptions. -dpa

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