Huge volcano eruption lights up the night in the Galapagos Islands

The La Cumbre volcano erupted last Saturday (2) in the Galápagos Islands. Lava was violently expelled from fissures located on the volcano's southeastern flank, lighting up the night sky. A 2 to 3 kilometer cloud of smoke was also seen above the summit.

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Eruption lit up the night on the island (Image: reproduction/Galápagos Ecological Airport)

Biggest eruption in recent years

Even though the eruption has not yet stopped, the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador reported that this is likely to be the volcano's largest explosion in recent years. According to the entity, the duration of the eruption cannot be predicted with precision and it is also unknown whether it will reach the coast.

La Cumbre also erupted in the years 2017, 2018 and 2020. Seismic activity in the area has gradually increased since then, indicating a build-up of magma that has now been released.

Although it is the youngest of the Galápagos volcanoes, La Cumbre has recorded between 28 and 30 eruptions since 1800. This means it is the most active volcano in the archipelago.

La Cumbre is the most active volcano in the region (Image: reproduction/Galápagos Conservancy)

Volcano still poses risks

  • Despite the most recent eruption, no one was injured.
  • This is because the line is completely uninhabited.
  • Even so, a warning was issued for tourists not to visit the region.
  • Furthermore, according to the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador, it is recommended to stay away if lava flows enter the sea, as there may be small explosions and the release of toxic gases.
  • Regarding the fauna of the Galapagos, Ecuadorian authorities stated that the lava and smoke may have impacted the animals that live in the region.
  • The information is from IFLScience.

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