The eruption of the La Cumbre volcano in the Galapagos Islands

On the island of Fernandina began the eruption of the volcano La Cumbre. Lava, flowing into the sea, creates a powerful train of steam and gas.

On June 16, the island was shaken by nine earthquakes after which the volcano woke up, throwing out several powerful pillars of ash and steam, after which hot lava began to pour out of the caldera.

At the moment, the eruption continues, explosions and emissions of ash and gases are recorded on the volcano, lava continues to flow into the ocean.

Fernandina is the third-largest and youngest geologically island of the Galapagos Islands. The island is a thyroid volcano formed under the influence of the Galapagos hot spot.

The island is relatively symmetrical, with the main volcano of La Cumbre in the center, but on its southern edge is the secondary crater of the volcano. Fernandina is the westernmost island of the archipelago, named after King Ferdinand II of Aragon, who supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus.

Fernandina Island has an area of ​​642.48 km ², a maximum height of 1476 m and a caldera in the center of about 6.5 km. The caldera was formed as a result of the collapse of the surface in 1968, when the central part of the caldera fell 350 m. Sometimes a temporary lake forms on its bottom, most recently in 1988. Visitors to the island are not allowed to the caldera because of the insecurity of such an excursion.

Because of the volcanic activity on the island is not very much vegetation. Its surface is mostly gray, except for mangroves on the coast. At the Punta Espinosa cape, a large number of marine iguanas live. Also here there are flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, pelicans and sea lions.