The Wolf Volcano erupted earlier Monday on the Galapagos island for the first time in 33 years. This volcanic eruption has raised fear that the ecosystem may be under threat due to the volcanic debris that has emitted.

The 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. The volcano is luckily not located near a populated area, so there is no risk to the human population. However, there are different species of iguanas and marine life that could be affected by the smoke and lava spill.

The lava has been tracked flowing on the southern face of the volcano, and the iguanas reside on the northern face, however the lava is said to have leaked into the sea causing harm to our wildlife. There is also concern of the ash cloud descending over the populated animal area.

Last month, researchers reported that unusual seismic activity was found on another volcano, Sierra, that is located on the same island as the Wolf volcano. This unusual activity could cause harm to yellow iguanas and turtles that reside there.

5 Ways to Help Track Future Eruptions

Below demonstrates what researchers are doing to help better monitor eruptions and ways of learning about volcanic behavior.

  1. Plan and install new geophysical and geo-chemical monitoring networks on dangerous volcanoes to ensure reliable, real-time information on critical parameters
  2. Conduct detailed geological field investigations of volcanoes and use Geographic Information System technology to enhance hazard assessments, zoning, forecasting, and overall understanding of volcanic processes
  3. Utilize radar data to characterize the deformation field at hazardous volcanoes and volcanic regions
  4. Reduce volcano risk by training members on development, technology information, volcano monitoring, and performing hazard assessment classes
  5. Build and expand databases on volcanoes in the U.S. and abroad, suitable for use in assessing potential volcanic activity and threat

By creating new tools for future researchers, we can further reduce the risk of eruption or better ways to prepare for recovery or prevention.

Preventive Maintenance – Tracking Volcanic Discoveries

Now, it is understood that we can not predict the future, but we can plan for it. There is an unbelievable amount of activity that is reported when it comes to volcanoes, and the best way to track this is through an EAM CMMS. Storage and maintenance will allow for easy access later and will allow present and future geologists to compare their work. Below are some key points to consider when setting up your asset, facility and maintenance management plan.

  1. Organize assets using a CMMS in order to know the standing condition at all times
  2. Categorizing radar data and other related information in a computerized format
  3. Increase maintenance efficiency through use of mobile phones
  4. Recording the work history of all assets for future training purposes

These practices not only apply to seismic activity in volcanoes but in any business looking for a way to better manage their software and assets. Better asset and maintenance management is key for a successful company to identify weakness and change it, but also to learn their strengths and grow from it.