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Volcanic activity continues on island in Galapagos

Wednesday 22 Apr 2009 12:00a.m.

Volcanic activity continues on island in Galapagos

Reports suggest lava flows from a volcano which erupted over the weekend in the Galapagos islands for the first time in four years have subsided.

On Monday the flow had been increasing.

"Apparently the volcano activity has increased in comparison to what it was during the weekend, when the lava had almost disappeared," said Washingtong Tapia, Director of Projects of the Galapagos National Park on Monday.

But a later report issued on Tuesday by the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador said that the volcano activity had tapered off in the last 24 hours.

The Galapagos National Park said that La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity.

The park said in a statement that the eruption was not a threat to people living on nearby Isabela Island.

Tapia also said that the islands' flora and fauna were not liable to suffer widespread damage as a result of the eruption.

The Galapagos are home to unique animal and plant species that became the basis for Charles Darwin's theory of

Scientists say Fernandina is the island with the most volcanic activity in the archipelago.

La Cumbre has erupted several times in the last decades, however its last significant eruption occurred in 1968, producing several earthquakes and sending up a tall pillar of thick ash that travelled for many kilometres.
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