Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Update from Tropic Journeys on the volcanic eruption in the Galapagos Islands

5/28 Update:
The Galapagos National Park provided this update on the Wolf Volcano eruption, confirming the lava reached the ocean yesterday evening. At this time, the National Park does not believe that the pink and yellow iguana or the giant tortoises are in danger due to the southeasterly direction of the flow. Once the volcanic activity has ceased and the area is deemed safe, park rangers will perform a thorough examination of the ecologic impact of the eruption. 

A short update on the eruption of the Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos from Jascivan Carvalho, Director of Tropic Journeys in Ecuador:
The eruption of Wolf Volcano does not present a risk to tourism nor to the local community on Isabela Island. The volcano is located in the uninhabited northern tip of the island, 115km (70 miles) from Puerto Villamil, the only major settlement on the island.  
The major concern among scientific community is for the rare pink iguanas, which were recently identified as a distinct species and are only found in the northern part of Isabela Island. However, at this time, it appears that the lava is flowing in a southeasterly direction which may spare the pink iguanas, who share the northern slope of the volcano with yellow iguanas and giant tortoises. As of yet, the lava hasn't reached the ocean (5 to 10 kms from it). 
We are gathering as much information from our local team in the Galapagos as well as our tourism and scientific partners in the islands. We will continue to update our North American partners as we have further information.  
The Galapagos is a laboratory of evolution and we are once again witnessing this in dramatic fashion! 

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