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The eruption at Fernandina, Galapagos Islands 17 April 2009

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Fernandina, 12 April 2009 (O. Caraval - DPNG)
Fernandina, Galapagos Islands, 12 April 2009: detail of the vents in the radial fissure where the lava flows originate (photograph O. Carvajal, Parque Nacional Galápagos, courtesy Instituto Geofísico, Ecuador).

There’s always some interesting volcano somewhere that waits until this blog is on holiday and then erupts. This time it was Fernandina (also known as La Cumbre) in the Galapagos Islands, which began to erupt over 10/11 April 2009. Fortunately Dr Klemetti at Eruptions was not on holiday and has very full and informative coverage: Fernandina at Eruptions.

The latest reports in Ecuador focus on the damage the eruption has done to wildlife around the volcano. El Comercio quotes a Galapagos National Park spokesman reporting that fish and fur seals have been killed by the entry of lava into the ocean, but also pointing out that there is nothing unnatural about volcanic activity: this eruption ‘is part of the processes of the shaping and evolution of the ecosystem’.

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Fernandina – summary information for Fernandina (1503-01=)
Instituto Geofísico (Escuela Politecnica Nacional) – Geophysical Institute of Ecuador

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