Volcano erupts in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands

Updated: 2015-05-26 11:36


Volcano erupts in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands

Wolf volcano erupts at Isabela island in Galapagos on May 25, 2015. The island is the home of world's only pink iguanas, but they are not under threat as the lava flow is headed in the opposite direction, according to Galapagos National Park. [Photo/IC]

QUITO - A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.

The roughly 1.7-kilometer (1.1-mile) high Wolf volcano is located on Isabela Island, home to a rich variety of flora and fauna typical of the archipelago that helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution following his 1835 visit.

"The Wolf volcano is not located near a populated area. There is not risk for the human population. This is the only population of pink iguanas in the world," Galapagos National Park said in a posting on Twitter.

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