Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-04311
Irazú, Costa Rica's highest volcano, rises to 3432 m east of the capital city of San José. The volcano is vegetated to within a few hundred meters of its broad summit crater complex. At least 10 satellitic cones are located on the south flank of Irazú. The focus of eruptions at the summit crater complex has migrated to the west towards the historically active crater, which contains a small lake. Ashfall from its last major eruption during 1963-65 caused significant disruption to San José and surrounding areas.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1983.
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