Volcano erupts on Galapagos after decades of dormancy

Galapagos Islands’ Wolf volcano erupts endangering unique species

Photo by: Galapagos National Park
Photo by: Galapagos National Park

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A volcano in Galapagos Islands erupted spilling lava and ejaculating ash into the air after more than 30 years of inactivity, threatening the unique species around it.

The Wolf volcano is located on northwest of Isabela Island, which is home to world’s only population of pink iguanas.

“The Wolf volcano is not located near a populated area. There is no risk for the human population. This is the only population of pink iguanas in the world," Galapagos National Park said shortly after the eruption.

The Wolf volcano, the highest point of the Galapagos with a height of 1.7 kilometre, was inactive since 1982.

The park posted pictures showing lava pouring down southern face of the volcano, while endangered pink iguanas are on the northern side.

Ecuador Environment Ministry said they expect the animals to be able to escape the lava.

The lava is flowing down the volcano while the iguanas, officially an endangered species, inhabit the opposite side, the Environment Ministry said in a statement, adding it expected the animals to escape harm.

"The eruption generated a very large column of smoke that rose more than six miles into the air, and later drifted toward the southwest part of the volcano," Sandro Vaca of Ecuador's Geophysics Institute said.

The lava flow is likely to affect marine life when it reaches the sea, the officials said.

The Galapagos are famous for their unique flora and fauna inhabited by unique species like giant tortoise and pink iguanas, and was inspiration for Charles Darwin to write his famous Origin of Species following his visit to the islands in 1835.

The islands are located on world’s most active volcanic ring known as Pacific Ring of Fire.

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