A 20+ foot tall moving wall of lava has taken out multiple houses , and covered a large area surrounding the Fogo Volcano on Cape Verde Island (West of Africa in the Atlantic ocean).
This video, provided to the press from Observatório Vulcanológico de Cabo Verde OVCV, shows multiple views of the deep lava flow coming from the volcano, which has now continued to erupt into mid-December 2014.
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Cape Verde is a volcanic hotspot located in the Macaronesia ecoregion of the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 375 miles (604 km) off the coast of West Africa.
This volcanic archipelago is composed of ten islands (of which nine are inhabited) and eight islets. Holocen volcanism is mainly located at the islands of Sao Vicente, Brava and Fogo (Simkin and Siebert, 1994).
Historical volcanic activity has been only recorded at the island of Fogo which consists of a single massive stratovolcano that is the most prominent of the Cape Verde Islands. The roughly circular 25-kilometer-wide island is truncated by a large 9-kilometer-wide caldera that is located asymmetrically NE of the center of the island and is breached to the east.
A steep-sided central cone, Pico do Fogo, rises more than 1 kilometer above the caldera floor to about 100-meters above the caldera rim, forming the 2,829-meters-high point of the island.
Pico do Fogo, which is capped by a 500-m-wide, 150-meters-deep summit crater, was apparently in almost continuous activity from the time of Portuguese settlement in 1500 AD until around 1760. Later historical lava flows, some from vents on the caldera floor, reached the eastern coast. The most recent eruption on the caldera floor took place en 1995.
The Observatório Vulcanológico de Cabo Verde (OVCV) has been recently established as a joint effort of the Laboratorio de Engenharia Civil (LEC), the Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil (SNPC) and the Universidade de Cabo Verde (UNICV) for reducing volcanic risk in the Cape Verde Islands.
António Augusto Gonçalves, LEC
António E. Querido, UNICV
Albero C. B. Fernandes, SNPC
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