Lava Flow Subsides After Volcano Erupts


(April 21, 2009)--The lava flow from a volcano that erupted over the weekend for the first time in four years in the Galapagos Islands appears to have subsided.

A report issued Tuesday by the Geophysical Institute of Ecuador said that the volcano activity had tapered off in the last 24 hours.

The Galapagos National Park said that La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday.

The Galapagos are home to unique animal and plant species that became the basis for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.


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