5/25/2015 — New Eruption begins at Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos — Unexpected blast

A large eruption is currently taking place in the Galapagos Islands (South America) at Wolf Island volcano.

Rough handcam video of a nearby flyover of this volcano from late last night (May 25, 2015).

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An impressive blast at Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos islands was seen by passing ships, and has made international news.

Two pictures below show the eruption in the early evening, going into the overnight hours of May 25, 2015.

thanks to ‘Jordi March More’ for sharing!

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Here is the location of the volcano in question, on the Island of Isabela, located off the coast of South America / Ecuador.

We were watching for new volcanic eruptions to take place in Central America near Costa Rica, into Colombia.

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See the earthquake (and volcano) forecast for the area around the Galapagos here:

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New Eruption Started in the Galapagos Islands

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/new-eruption-started-in-the-galapagos-islands/

“Last night saw the start of a new eruption in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.

Wolf, on the island of Isabela, erupted for the first time since 1982, producing both lava fountains and lava flows (typical of what is to be expected from a shield volcano like this).

The images so far show a fairly large volcanic plume (looks to be mainly steam and volcanic gases) as well. Not a lot of details are available right now, but some great shots of the eruption are circulating on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to check out these images by Diego Paredes.

UPDATE 11 am EDT: Here’s the Washington VAAC report on the volcanic plume from eruption.
UPDATE 12 pm EDT: The IG-EPN released an information statement on the eruption. Some highlights:

  • The plume was likely as tall as 15 kilometers (50,000 feet) on the morning on May 25. The initial plume height looks to have been 10 kilometers (35,000 feet).
  • The eruption is coming from a new fissure on the southeast flanks of Wolf. Confirmed by satellite and ground observations.
  • Some of the settlements on Isabela may get minor ash fall from the plume.
  • The explosions from the start of the eruption were captured on the nearest seismometer (20 km away)”

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