Wilson Cabrera / Galapagos National Park Communication Office via AP
QUITO, Ecuador – The tallest mountain in the Galapagos Islands erupted on Friday, spewing lava on its flanks and ash clouds over the Pacific Ocean, according to the Ecuadorian Geophysical Institute.
A cloud of gas and ash from Wolf Volcano rose 3,793 meters (12,444 feet) above sea level as a result of the eruption that began shortly before midnight Wednesday local time in indicated the Institute.
Ecuador’s emergency operations committee said the new eruption on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos Range, posed no risk to humans or native local species. Populated areas are located on the other side of the island.
But the Environment Ministry said eight people, including national park rangers and scientists working in the field on pink iguanas living on the slopes of the volcano, were evacuated from the area.
The Galapagos Governing Council said the emergency committee will continue to monitor the volcano to see which direction the lava is flowing.
The 1,701-meter (5,580-foot) volcano is one of several active volcanoes in the Galapagos, which lie nearly 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from mainland South America.
Footage taken from afar and released by the government showed glowing lava piercing the pre-dawn darkness.
The volcano last erupted in 2015.