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Volcano in Galapagos Islands Erupts for First Time in 33 Years

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 28, 2015

Volcano in Galapagos Islands Erupts for First Time in 33 Years

PHOTO: Wolf Volcano has erupted for the first time in more than three decades. (via Twitter)

Many travelers and tourists think immediately of Charles Darwin when talking about the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, but the archipelago is making news now due to a giant volcano on one of the islands erupting for the first time in 33 years.

According to The Associated Press, Wolf Volcano—located on the northern tip of Isabela Island—began shooting fire, smoke and lava from the top of its one-mile tall (1.7 kilometer-high) top early Monday morning.

Administrators for the Galapagos National Park said Monday’s eruption was the first in 33 years and the tenth recorded eruption for the Wolf Volcano since 1797. Isabela Island is the largest island in the Galapagos chain.

Luckily for local residents on Isabela Island, the erupting volcano is about 70 miles south of Puerto Villamil, the island’s only real population center. Galapagos National Park officials told The AP that tourist activity has not been impacted by the volcano.

ABC News shared an image on Twitter of the exploding Wolf Volcano:

For those who have studied Darwin or any of the other explorers who have spoke glowingly about the wide variety of wildlife on the island chain, the flow of the lava pouring from Wolf Volcano is moving in a southwest direction. The early indications are that most animals and vegetation in the area will not be affected by the eruption.

The Galapagos Islands are home to a rare species of pink iguanas that live on Isabela Island’s northwest tip. Thankfully, the direction of the lava flow poses no immediate risk to the animals or their habitat.

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