Fernandina Volcano on the Galapagos Islands Continues to Erupt

By Dialogo
April 14, 2009

Quito, April 12 (EFE) - The Fernandina Volcano on the island of the same name, in the Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador, remains active the lava flows, authorities reported today. According to the Galapagos National Park (GNP), which monitors island biodiversity in the area west of Ecuador, the eruption’s intensity has not flagged since its beginning on Saturday. Today GNP guards flew over the area of the Fernandina volcano, also known as The Summit, to observe the direction of the lava flow. From there the “lava flows from a single main crack and runs several miles like a river, which then divides into three arms, and finally re-unites and flows into the sea at two points," according to a report by the GMP guards on the volcano. In addition, the report states that they have seen a “thick column of water vapor” formed by the contact of solidifying lava with the sea. The GNP insisted that "there is no risk to human life" because Fernandina Island is not inhabited, due to its status as an area of “absolute protection." The eruption of Fernandina has not affected the neighboring Isla Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago. For its part, the Geophysical Institute (GI) of the National Polytechnic School, which monitors via satellite the development of the event in Fernandina, said that "there is still a hot point" in the area of the volcano. The GI reported that the volcano erupted in 2005, and at that time it also issued a river of lava, which failed to reach the sea. Fernandina Island is a neighbor of Isabela, and both are in the western sector of an archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 kilometers east of the coast of Ecuador.