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Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 08:31:18
From: John Petersen <>  Save Address  Block Sender
Subject: Volcano erupts on Galapagos Islands
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>Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 05:36:56
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>Subject: Volcano erupts on Galapagos Islands
>>Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 06:31:30 -0400
>>From: Greg Chamberlain <>
>>Subject: Volcano erupts on Galapagos Islands
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>>Via MNI-INFO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>>   QUITO, Ecuador, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Officials said on Wednesday that a
>>volcano has begun to erupt on the Galapagos Islands, where 19th century
>>naturalist Charles Darwin got the inspiration for his theory of evolution. 
>>    The Cerro Azul volcano on the island of Santa Isabela became active on
>>Tuesday night following a 20-year lull in volcano activity in the
>>Galapagos, which lie in the Pacific Ocean off of Ecuador's coast. The
>>islands are part of Ecuador. 
>>     "It's hard to appreciate from this distance. One can only see the
>>flame. It could be spewing lava, but we can't tell in which direction,"
>>Gustavo Jaramillo, an official with the Galapagos National Park, told
>>     Darwin visited the islands in the early 19th century aboard the HMS
>>Beagle and is said to have drawn on the islands' fauna and flora as
>>inspiration for his revolutionary "Origin of Species." 
>>    The islands, which were declared a World Heritage Site by the United
>>Nations in 1979, are popular among tourists for their abundance of unique
>>animals like the giant tortoise for which they were named. 
>>     Jaramillo said vegetation and animals on Santa Isabela, the largest of
>>the Galapagos islands, could be at risk if the lava flows down the eastern
>>or northern face of Cerro Azul. 
>>     "It looks like it has two openings. You can see them at night about a
>>kilometre apart," he said. 
>>     The Cerro Azul volcano is 34 miles (55 km) away from the small town of
>>     "We're afraid of the lava reaching us. It's a large mountain," said
>>Mercy Gil, an employee with the Santa Isabela municipality. 
>>     Quito's Centre for Geophysics said it could not confirm that the
>>volcano erupted. It said it only received information on the region once a
>>. . . The Electronic Evergreen, courtesy of GEM Radio Network

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