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May 25, 2015
At 1:30 AM on Monday, May 25, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment reported the eruption of Wolf Volcano, the highest peak in the Galapagos archipelago, after 33 years of inactivity.
Galapagos National Park (GNP) technicians analyzed the situation based on photographs provided by a naturalist guide and determined that the lava is flowing down the southeast flank of the volcano. Details of this information will be confirmed following a planned fly-by by the GNP.
The world’s only population of pink land iguanas lives on the northwestern side of the volcano, sharing the habitat with yellow land iguanas and giant tortoises. This population is not expected to be affected at this time. The situation will be monitored in the area once the eruptive activity has subsided and is safe for Park rangers.
While the eruption does not represent a risk for tourism operations, the environmental authority is notifying operators to take necessary precautions in light of this natural event.
Wolf volcano is a shield volcano with a height of 5,800 feet (1,707 meters) above sea level, located on Isabela Island. The first recorded eruption was in 1797, and the most recent took place in 1982. The nearest human population is in the town of Puerto Villamil 70 miles (115 km) to the south on Isabela.
Read more about how the eruption impacted pink iguanas and tortoises.
Translated with permission from the Galapagos National Park Directorate.