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Forbidden ‘cave of death’ near Poas volcano in Costa Rica strikes fear: deadly carbon dioxide menace revealed

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Tourist attraction nicknamed ‘Cueva de la Muerte’ strictly prohibits entry due to lethal gas levels

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A small cave near Costa Rica’s Poas Volcano, ominously dubbed the ‘Cave of Death’ (‘Cueva de la Muerte’ in Spanish), has sent shockwaves through social media, gaining notoriety for its lethal levels of carbon dioxide that swiftly claim the lives of any living beings entering it.

Measuring a mere two meters deep and three meters long, this seemingly unassuming cave packs a deadly punch. Located on the edge of the Poas Volcano, the cave’s oxygen levels are virtually non-existent, replaced by a perilous concentration of carbon dioxide.

The deadly gas, emanating from the cave, has proven fatal to animals and humans almost instantly upon entry. A worker reportedly fell ill merely by approaching the entrance. Oxygen levels within the cave are so depleted that it poses an immediate threat, causing respiratory distress, cardiac arrhythmias, and, in extreme cases, death.

The origin of the excessive carbon dioxide concentration remains a mystery, with some speculating it is of organic origin, stemming from underground mineral deposits subjected to high temperatures and pressures in the Earth’s magma, where oxygen is absent.

Despite the inherent danger, the ‘Cave of Death’ has become an unconventional tourist attraction, drawing visitors eager to witness its deadly nature. The tourist center conducts demonstrations, showcasing the lack of oxygen by extinguishing a torch near the entrance. A sign prominently warns visitors with the words “Danger, no trespassing beyond this point,” emphasizing the prohibition of entry.

The cave’s deadly reputation has sparked horror and fascination on social media, with users expressing shock and vowing never to venture near such a perilous site

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