Galapagos volcano update (Fernandina Island)   Leave a comment

La Cumbre volcano, located on the western island of Fernandina in the Galapagos Islands has rumbled into life again a week after it erupted.

The Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School reported 43 thermal alerts and said that satellite images revealed a column of gas that extended more than 60 miles (100 kilometres) west of the islands, indicating an increase in volcanic activity.

The La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity.

[APRIL 21, 2009] The latest reports about the ongoing eruption at Fernandina are both coming and going. Reports from officials in the Galapagos National Park suggest that the eruption was become more intense (in spanish), while later reports from the Geophysical Institute in Ecuador say that the eruption is waning. Both reports might be true and reflect the volatile nature of the eruption, but overall it seems that the wildlife (that probably is used to this sort of thing anyway) hasn’t been effected too much by the eruption.

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