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La Cumbre Volcano Erupts on Fernandina Island

September 4, 2017

La Cumbre

This morning, La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina Island began eruptive activity, according to reports from guides who sailed near the island. The first images recorded a column of water vapor that rose several hundred meters above the volcano.

La Cumbre is a shield type volcano 4,800 feet high, and its last eruptions occurred on April 11, 2009, August 28, 2007 and May 13, 2005. The Geophysical Institute of the Escuela Politécnica Nacional is monitoring the seismic and volcanic activity of La Cumbre.

Fernandina is a young and uninhabited island with high ecological value because its ecosystems harbor unique species such as terrestrial and marine iguanas, snakes, endemic rats, flightless cormorants, and penguins, among others.

The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) will monitor this process and record the changes that occur in the ecosystem after the eruption of this volcano.

Based on a press release from the GNPD, translated with their permission.

Read the blog from Wacho Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, on his overflight of the volcano during its eruption with the Galapagos National Park Directorate.

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