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26/05/2015 Geology News

BREAKING: Wolf Volcano Erupts

Wolf Volcano began to erupt yesterday after being dormant for 33 years.

Photograph of Pete Haskell

Pete Haskell

Former Communications Officer at Galapagos Conservation Trust

Wolf Volcano ©Diego Paredes

Wolf Volcano began to erupt yesterday after being dormant for 33 years.

The volcano, which straddles the equator and forms part of the island of Isabela, is the highest in the Galapagos Islands and is home to the critically endangered pink iguana.

The Galapagos National Park (GNP) was informed of the eruption at 01:30am on Monday 25 May. From photos taken by a GNP guide, it appears that the lava is flowing down the south-east flank of the volcano. If this is indeed the case, it is thought that the population of pink iguanas will not be heavily impacted as they primarily reside on the north-east face of the volcano. The GNP plan to do a flypast to confirm the direction of flow.

“The eruption generated a very large column of smoke that rose more than 10km (six miles) into the air, and later drifted toward the south-west part of the volcano,” Sandro Vaca of Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute told the AFP news agency.

UPDATE: Volcano Activity Decreases

 

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