Galapagos Island Volcano Erupts, Threatens Fragile Ecosystem

Galapagos Island Volcano Erupts, Threatens Fragile Ecosystem (Image 1)

A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, spewing fire, smoke and lava into the night sky – and threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park administration said the mile-high Wolf volcano erupted before dawn Monday. The eruption could be seen for miles.

The volcano lies on the northern tip of Isabela Island, the archipelago’s largest.

Authorities said no tourist activity was affected – and for now, lava flowing in the southwest direction poses no risk to the world’s only population of pink iguanas, which live on the island’s northwest tip.

Darwin visited the eastern Pacific island chain in 1835, and the trip influenced his findings presented in the book “The origin of Species.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s