Volcanoes Today, 25 May 2015: Wolf volcano
Monday May 25, 2015 15:00 PM |Wolf (Galápagos Islands, Ecuador): A large eruption might have started at the largest volcano of the Galapagos Islands - Volcán Wolf on the northern end of the archipelago's biggest island Isabela.
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As day breaks on the archipelago, the first images start to emerge and media pick up on the spectacular eruption.
From images it seems that a large effusive-explosive eruption is occurring. Tall lava fountains produce an immense ash plume that rises to up to 45,000 ft (14 km) altitude, if the estimations by VAAC Washington are correct. At the same time, several lava flows descend from the vent(s), likely a fissure on the volcano.
The last eruption of Wolf volcano, a 1710 m tall shield volcano, was in 1982. That eruption, too, started with an explosive onset accompanied and followed by effusion of large lava flows from a 1 km long fissure.
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