After 8 years of calm, La Cumbre volcano sitting on the Fernandina Island in Galapagos erupted on September 4, 2017.
The newly active volcano began generating a column of water vapor and magmatic gases that rose about four kilometers above the summit.
The eruption was first reported by crew members on on Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic ship Endeavor II shortly after noon on September 4, 2017.
They immediately notified the National Park of Galapagos.
A volcanic ash advisory has been released in the early evening by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC):
VOLCANO: FERNANDINA 353010
PSN: S0022 W09133
SUMMIT ELEV: 4905 FT [1495 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2017/001
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. NON-OPERATIONAL GOES-16.
ERUPTION DETAILS: LAVA ERUPTION
RMK: WE HAVE RECEIVED INFORMATION SUGGESTING A POSSIBLE VA EMISSION. WE WILL GATHER FURTHER INFORMATION AND ISSUE A FULL ADVISORY AS SOON AS
Hopefully this volcanic eruption of La Cumbre volcano will not affect the fragile ecosystem and endemic species of the Island of Fernandina in the Galapagos.