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domingo, abril 12, 2009

La Cumbre Erupts

Satellite image of La Cumbre

The New York Times reports:
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador officials say a volcano is erupting in the Galapagos Islands and could harm unique wildlife.

The Galapagos National Park says La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity.

The park says in a statement the eruption is not a threat to people living on nearby Isabela Island.

But it says lava flowing to the sea will likely affect marine and terrestrial iguanas, sea lions and other fauna.... La Cumbre last erupted in May 2005.

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