The wolf volcano spews ash lava over the islands

The highest mountain in the Galapagos Islands erupted yesterday, spewing lava down its flanks and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean, according to Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute.

A cloud of gas and ash from Wolf Volcano rose to 3,793 meters above sea level after the eruption, which began shortly before midnight Wednesday local time, the institute said.

There was no immediate danger to populated areas. The volcano is home to a critically endangered lizard, the pink iguana. (Galapagos National Park via Ge)
Wolf Volcano, the highest mountain in the Galapagos Islands, erupted early Friday, January 7th. (Galapagos National Park via Ge)

Ecuador’s emergency operations committee said the new eruption on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos chain, did not represent a risk to humans or native species. Populated areas are located on the opposite side of the island.

But the environment ministry said eight people, including national park rangers and scientists doing field work on pink iguanas living on the slopes of the volcano, were evacuated from the area.

Aerial view as lava flows down after the eruption of Volcano Wolf in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. (Galapagos National Park via Ge)

The Galapagos Government Council said the emergency committee would continue to monitor the volcano to see in which direction the lava is flowing.

The 1701-meter volcano is one of the many active volcanoes in the Galapagos, located nearly 1,000 kilometers from the South American mainland.

Images taken from afar and circulated by the government showed glowing lava piercing the darkness before dawn.

The volcano erupted in late 2015.

The Wolf Volcano, the highest mountain in the Galapagos Islands, erupted early yesterday. The Geophysical Institute of Quito reported that a cloud of gas and ash rose as high as 3,800 meters above sea level. (Galapagos National Park via Ge)
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