Volcano Irazu covers Costa Rican valley in ash (1965)

Volcano Irazu covers Costa Rican valley in ash (1965)


On March 19, 1963, the Costa Rican volcano Irazu began an eruption lasting into 1965. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, was daily covered by additional ash. For 10 months the almost 300,000 inhabitants of metropolitan San Jose have been living in the “valley of the shadow of death.”

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January 1964: The Irazu volcano sending up gray cloud in Costa Rica serves as backdrop for what was once a tree. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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Jan. 1964: Irazu unexpectedly explodes as jeep party, including Los Angeles Times photographer John Malmin, approaches top of volcano. At right is Jim Vial, graduate student of University of Southern California and professor at University of Costa Rica. This photo was published in the Jan. 19, 1964 Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Cattle graze in pasture that escaped destruction from the eruption of the Irazu volcano in Costa Rica. Many other nearby fields were not so lucky. This photo was published in the Jan. 19, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Strong winds push volcanic ash and smoke toward San Jose and the Central Valley of Costa Rica. This aerial photo was published in the Jan. 20, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Workmen shovel piles of ash from San Jose, Costa Rica, street during eruption of Irazu volcano. This photo was published in the Jan. 19, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Water truck wets down volcanic ash in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. This photo was published in the Jan. 20, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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Jan. 12, 1964: Senora Alfaro protects her baby Lieana, 8 months old, from volcanic ash fallout in San Jose, Costa Rica, with a gauze face covering. The volcanic ash was particularly rough on infants. This photo was published in the Jan. 20, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Women in San Jose, Costa Rica, wear veils to keep volcanic ash out of their hair and eyes. Others were using brown paper bags. This photo was published in the Jan. 19, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Man on San Jose street protects himself from ash during eruption of Irazu volcano in Costa Rica. This photo was published in the Jan. 19, 1964, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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January 1964: Workman dumps load of volcanic ash on curb in Costa Rica. This photo was published in the Jan. 21, 1964, Los Angles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

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