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Henhead
24-10-05, 17:51
Quito, Ecuador - A volcano has begun to erupt on one of the Galapagos Islands known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the archipelago's famed giant tortoises, park officials said on Sunday.

The 1 500m Sierra Negra volcano, located on seahorse-shaped Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands, began erupting late on Saturday afternoon, producing three lava flows, officials from the Galapagos National Park said in a statement. It has not yet been determined whether the island's plant and animal life have been affected.

Many Galapagos tortoises, some of which have a lifespan of more than 150 years, live near volcano craters.

Puerto Villamil on Isabela's southern coast is home to 2 000 people, but the eruption posed "no risk to the population," the statement said. Tourist centres near Sierra Negra were closed as a precaution.

The Galapagos Islands, located 1 000km off Ecuador's Pacific coast, were declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1979 for their exotic wildlife such as marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. The islands' rich biodiversity inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.


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Catapharact
24-10-05, 17:53
Holy! Man, the Galapgos still hasn't been fully troved for new species. This is gonna be bad....