- The highest volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted on Friday
- Lava and ash emanating from 5,580 feet high volcano, a terrible scene
- Clouds of gas and ash spread to a height of about 12,444 feet above sea level
Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute said the highest mountain in the Galapagos Islands exploded on Friday, raising clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean. Lava started pouring out from the volcano. The institute said plumes of gas and ash from Wolfe Volcano rose to 3793 meters (12,444 feet) above sea level after the eruption that began shortly before midnight on Wednesday local time.
There was no immediate threat to populated areas, located on the opposite side of Isabella Island. This area is the largest in the Galapagos chain. The 1,701 m (5,580 ft) high volcano is one of several active volcanoes in the Galapagos, about 1,000 kilometers (600 mi) from mainland South America. Photo taken from afar and broadcast by the government shows lava glowing in the dark before dawn. The volcano last erupted in 2015.
When the day turned dark as night in Java
Earlier in December 2020, people were evacuated from the area after the eruption of the Semeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java. One person was killed in the blast, while 41 people were injured. A few days before the eruption, ash and smoke were coming out of the volcano. The layer of ash and dust emanating from the volcano was so thick that the entire island of Java was seen as night in the day itself. The airlines operating in this area had also issued instructions for pilots to be careful.
Two explosions in one year in Semeru
Semeru is one of Indonesia’s 130 active volcanoes and is located in one of the most densely populated provinces. It had two eruptions in 2021. The explosion before December occurred on January 1, with no casualties. In December, a volcanic eruption caused ash, mud and stones to rain from the sky. Because of this a bridge connecting the two main villages of Pronojivo and Candipuro was torn down.