National Geographic : 1910 Jun
COSTA RICA-VULCAN'S SMITHY 515 foot of the Poas Volcano. In San Jose the material losses have been considerable. Among the public property, the four buildings of the boys' high school are practically out of use; two other school build ings have lost their upper stories; the old presidential mansion, of late Comandancia de Armas, is a wreck; the new penitentiary building is heavily damaged, and the Supreme Court of Justice had to be evacuated. Of the private resi dences, it is said that 80 per cent could not possibly stand a repetition of the trial of April 13 last. At the latest news, about May 23, seismic movements were still felt, although with a reduced intensity, and 6 to 10 shocks were reported daily. All seem to indicate, however, that the worst is over. During the night of May 13-14 several persons affirmed having seen from San Jose glaring flames issuing from the volcanoes, disagreeing only as to the identity of the crater, which some called Irazu and others Poas. These two are located, as may be seen from the map, in quite opposite di rections. The contradiction is now explained by the fact, at tested by many people, that at the moment of the strongest shock a brilliant meteor crossed the zenith exactly from east to west, and further notices from the Pacific coast indicate that that body fell in the middle of the Gulf of Nicoya. As a matter of fact, none of the Costa Rican volcanoes have shown of late any sign of un usual activity, and the current notices about lava eruptions and the formation of new cra ters should be accepted with caution.