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New Eruption Started in the Galapagos Islands

Rocky Planet iconRocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiMay 25, 2015 7:14 PM
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The May 25, 2015, eruption of Wolf in the Galapagos Islands. REUTERS/GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK/DIEGO PAREDESUPDATE 11 am EDT: Here's the Washington VAAC report on the volcanic plume from eruption. UPDATE 12 pm EDT: The IG-EPN released an information statement on the eruption. Some highlights:

  • The plume was likely as tall as 15 kilometers (50,000 feet) on the morning on May 25. The initial plume height looks to have been 10 kilometers (35,000 feet).

  • The eruption is coming from a new fissure on the southeast flanks of Wolf. Confirmed by satellite and ground observations.

  • Some of the settlements on Isabela may get minor ash fall from the plume.

  • The explosions from the start of the eruption were captured on the nearest seismometer (20 km away)

It is hard to get a sense of scale on this image, but you can clearly see the curtain of fire from the fissure along with a number of long lava flows as well. Eruptions from Wolf tend to last about a month, but this new eruption is occurring in an are that appears to have no threat to people or wildlife in/around Isabela. I'll try to update this post as more details emerge.

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