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Lava flowing in Galapagos

May 31, 2008|From Times wire reports

A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands began erupting, and authorities were evaluating possible danger to plants and animals.

Rangers and tour guides spotted lava flowing down the northeastern flank of the Cerro Azul volcano on the sea-horse-shaped island of Isabela.

Park official Oscar Carvajal told Radio Quito that as many as four lava flows "have consumed a lot of vegetation" but did not pose a threat to the famed Galapagos tortoises.

No people on the island were in danger.

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