After 8 years of calm, La Cumbre volcano erupts at the Fernandina Island in Galapagos

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.

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Eruption of Fernandina’s La Cumbre volcano in Galapagos on September 4 2017. via Twitter

The eruption was first reported by crew members on on Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic ship Endeavor II shortly after noon on September 4, 2017.

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This is the first eruption in 8 years at La Cumbre volcano in Galapagos. via Twitter

They immediately notified the National Park of Galapagos.

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The volcano on the Ferdinanda island of Galapagos ejected ash and gas 4000 meters in the air. via Twitter

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
AREA: GALAPAGOS
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
POSSIBLE.

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An ash advisory was issued by VAAC. via Twitter
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Hopefully none of the endemic species on this Galapagos island will be hit by the eruption. via Twitter

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.

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