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Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano ,5356 feet, 1633 meters, is a conical stratovolcano estimated to be ~4000 years old and active since July 29, 1968 when it killed 87 people and almost totally destroyed the towns of Tabacon and Pueblo Nuevo. Today it pumps out occasional ash clouds, with thundering booms, as well as molten lava chunks that tumble down its sides which are best seen at night when long orange and red lines of lava are visible, provided that clouds are not blocking its cone.