Wolf Volcano located on Isabela Island in Galapagos has erupted on Monday morning. Wolf had been inactive for more than 33 years and now causes serious victims in a community of endangered species, namely the pink iguanas.
Reports didn’t reveal any human victims but the volcano wreaks havoc among the rich flora and fauna found in Galapagos. Lava continues to flow down the volcano’s southern face while the iguanas that inhabit the opposite side have their natural habitat endangered.
News also report that the furious volcano is likely to reach the sea with its lava flowing, causing serious danger for the marine life in the area. The Geophysics Institute is declaring emergency state for the fauna there, while human populated areas of the island are fortunately safe from the eruption.
However, human populations have declared emergency state, as dust and ash are expected to descend upon their habitats. Nature has its way and when that happens, most of the times victims are involved. Fortunately, communities in the areas can look in wonder and stay safe, without facing any deadly peril.
The roughly 1.7 Km high Wolf volcano is home to a very rich variety of flora and fauna, typical of the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, during his visit in 1835.
Many species of plants and animals exclusively found on Isabela Island are now facing extinction while we can only look in wonder and witness in helplessness as nature unleashes its deadly forces. Hot lava will destroy everything in its way, turning the surroundings into barren land.
Pictures of the area have started to appear, showing lava pouring down the sides of the volcano, which is Galapago’s highest point. Images show a dark plume estimated to be 10km high.
The animal habitat is seriously endangered, as unusual seismic activity was previously reported at another site, namely the Sierra volcano which is also found on Isabela Island. This is the widest volcano there and a casual eruption could harm communities of yellow iguanas and giant turtles.
The Pacific Ring of Fire faces a chain of eruptions, following the previous eruption in Chile, another South American country which has been facing this rare but pretty much dangerous natural event.
According to a Twitter post by the officials of Galapagos Natural Park, there is no risk whatsoever for the human population. Unfortunately, the only community of pink iguanas in the world will most probably be seriously affected by the hot eruption of the volcano. People can only look from a distance and silently witness the disaster.
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