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frogesque
2005-May-15, 05:36 PM
Yahoo news via Reuters (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=585&e=1&u=/nm/20050514/sc_nm/ecuador_volcano_dc)


"Evidently a lot of vegetation will be burned and some animals, especially iguanas, will die," Galapagos National Park Director Washington Tapia told Reuters.

"But considering that Fernandina is the most pristine island of the archipelago, we don't have to worry much. This is a natural process," he said.


Interfering with the process would probably cause more damage than simply letting the island recover naturally. Sad though :(

Russ
2005-May-15, 06:27 PM
It figures, no pictures.

Melusine
2005-May-15, 06:47 PM
Go here:
http://www.rednova.com/images/iod/video/?src=mmedia4

Slow load, but then I have dial-up. If it gets filmed it will show up here. Scroll on the red box to the right side...video of Mexico's volcano. Maybe Galapagos will appear, but there's lots of other interesting stuff along that scroll bar, too.

paulie jay
2005-May-16, 01:56 AM
Yahoo news via Reuters (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=585&e=1&u=/nm/20050514/sc_nm/ecuador_volcano_dc)


"Evidently a lot of vegetation will be burned and some animals, especially iguanas, will die," Galapagos National Park Director Washington Tapia told Reuters.

"But considering that Fernandina is the most pristine island of the archipelago, we don't have to worry much. This is a natural process," he said.


Interfering with the process would probably cause more damage than simply letting the island recover naturally. Sad though :(

Well, yes, but no - it's still natural selection in a sense.

Melusine
2005-May-17, 09:16 AM
Not a bad-looking ash plume: 7 km (~23k ft).

Fernadina Volcano, Galapagos Islands (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=12872)

Fernadina Volcano, Galapagos Islands
On the westernmost island in the Galapagos Islands lies the volcanic chain’s most active volcano: Fernandina. Located on a remote, uninhabited island in the Galapagos National Park, the volcano’s eruptions often go unobserved, but on May 13, 2005, the volcano’s eruption was unmistakable. A short time after the volcano started to erupt, the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) flying on the OrbView-2 satellite captured this image. A thick cloud of ash and steam rises from the volcano and fans out to the west. A smaller, slightly darker plume is blowing south from the island. This darker plume may be more ash-rich than the larger plume, or it may be smoke from fires ignited by lava flows.
Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/VAAC/vaac.html)

I was reading this too: Volcanic Ash Clouds and Aircraft Safety (http://www.geo.mtu.edu/department/classes/ge404/gcmayber/)

frogesque
2005-May-17, 10:53 AM
More here. (http://www.swvrc.org/cerupt.htm) Long page, scroll about 2/3 the way down.


As of the 15th of May, based on information from the Global Volcanism Network (GVN) & the Washington Ash Advisory Center (WVAAC) reports that the Geophysical Institute reported that low-level ash /steam is not visible in the infrared imagery. The multi-spectral imagery shows a distinct hot spot. The first visible imagery of the day shows ash. Visible imagery shows a plume of ash extending to the w at 6,000 ft. and is moving at 10 kts. Ash has also drifted slowly southward and may be at a slightly higher level.