Volcano on Galapagos Islands erupts

Posted on September 5, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency, Galapagos Islands

mpnoticias.com.ec / GalapagosEC.- The volcano of the Fernandina Island is in full eruptive process. The Minister of Environment, Tarsicio Hail, has confirmed it through his Twitter account this Monday, September 4, 2017: “Last minute: The giant of Fernandina awakens … We monitor the development of this natural event.”

The eruption, however, poses no threat because Fernandida is an uninhabited island. The last eruption recorded at the Geophysical Institute dates from 2009 and has had at least 24 periods of historical activity. According to this entity, the volcano has a height of 1,476 meters above sea level, with a boiler of 5 x 6.5 kilometers.

The Galapagos Islands are considered as one of the most active volcanic zones in the world, all islands are of volcanic origin and in at least eight of them their volcanoes have manifested an intense activity during the historical period, especially in the volcanos of the islands Isabela and Fernandina, according to information from the Geophysical Institute.

Throughout the archipelago there have been at least sixty eruptions in the historical period. These are characterized by an effusive activity with the generation of large basaltic lava flows that are generated inside the boilers or from extensive fissures located on the flanks of volcanoes, in many cases reaching to the sea. The Geophysicist points out that this activity may eventually put the protected species at risk.
Source: Diario La Hora Read Article

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