Uninhabited Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Sends Lava In To Sea

by | Mar 4, 2024 | Daily News, Environmental News

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The tranquil landscape of the Galapagos Islands was pierced by a dramatic event as the La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina Island roared to life in a spectacular eruption. Late Saturday night, the uninhabited Galapagos volcano began spewing lava, casting an eerie glow across the darkened sky and sending molten rock cascading down its slopes toward the ocean.

Officials from Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute reported that this eruption could be the most significant since 2017, marking a powerful display of the volcano’s might. Standing at 1,476 meters (4,842 feet) tall, La Cumbre had last erupted in 2020, but this recent event dwarfed its previous activity.

Uninhabited Galapagos Volcano erupts

Images captured by visitors to the Galapagos Islands and shared on social media showcased the volcano silhouetted against a vivid crimson backdrop, capturing the awe-inspiring spectacle of nature in motion.

While the uninhabited Galapagos volcano posed no immediate danger to human life, concerns arose for the unique biodiversity of Fernandina Island. Home to a diverse array of species, including iguanas, penguins, and flightless cormorants, the island is a sanctuary for wildlife.

In 2019, scientists made a remarkable discovery on Fernandina Island, encountering a giant tortoise species thought to have been extinct for over a century. The eruption raises worries about the impact on these fragile ecosystems, underscoring the delicate balance between nature’s fury and the island’s inhabitants.

A Hub of Volcanic Activity

La Cumbre volcano stands as one of the most active in the Galapagos archipelago, a cluster of volcanic islands renowned worldwide for their role in shaping Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. The islands’ unique ecology and geological features continue to draw researchers and tourists alike, highlighting the ongoing dynamic interplay between geological forces and natural history in this remote corner of the world.

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