• Short Summary

    WHILE WORLD ATTENTION HAS BEEN CENTRED ON THE VOLCANIC DISASTER IN BALI, A LESS PUBLICIZED ERUPTION HAS BEEN CAUSING WIDESPREAD DISTRESS IN COSTA RICA.

  • Description

    WHILE WORLD ATTENTION HAS BEEN CENTRED ON THE VOLCANIC DISASTER IN BALI, A LESS PUBLICIZED ERUPTION HAS BEEN CAUSING WIDESPREAD DISTRESS IN COSTA RICA.THERE THE VOLCANO IRAZU, 11,000 FEET HIGH, HAS EXPLODED INTO LIFE AGAIN, SPREADING A THICK LAYER OF ACRID ASH ACROSS THE COUNTRYSIDE AND INTO THE CAPITAL, SAN JOSE, 35 MILES AWAY.

    FOR TWO WEEKS IRAZU HAS BEEN ROARING FIERCELY, BILLOWING CLOUDS OF SMOKE, AND THROWING STONES A QUARTER OF A MILE UP AND OUT.ADVENTUROUS SIGHTSEERS HAVE STOOD NEAR THE CRATER LIP TO WATCH THE SPECTACLE BESIDE AN OBSERVATION SHACK BATTERED TO PIECES IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE ERUPTION.

    STRONG WINDS WHIPPED THE VOLCANIC ASH OVER THE COUNTRY, DRIVING MEN AND CATTLE FROM THE HIGH LAND AND CAUSING ALARM IN THE CAPITAL ITSELF.THE PRESIDENT OF COSTA RICA TOLD HIS PEOPLE THE DUST WAS NOT POISONOUS, BUT THEY WENT THROUGH THE STREETS COVERING THEIR MOUTHS WITH HANDKERCHIEFS; SOME EVEN WEARING GOGGLES.FARMERS COMPLAINED THE DUST HAD MADE THEIR CATTLE SICK.

    SO FAR, NO ONE HAS BEEN KILLED.BUT COSTA RICANS ARE APPREHENSIVE, RECALLING THAT IRAZU BEHAVED MUCH THE SAME WAY FIFTY YEARS AGO BEFORE ERUPTING VIOLENTLY AND CAUSING GREAT DESTRUCTION AND DEATH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8WN3GG7OBEPTIG6HPU7FZ7ECP
    Media URN:
    VLVA8WN3GG7OBEPTIG6HPU7FZ7ECP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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