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Vulcão dos Capelinhos, Faial Island
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The Capelinhos is a monogenetic volcano located on the western coast of the island of Faial in the Azores. It is part of the larger Volcanic Complex of Capelo, that includes 20 scoria cones and lava fields that are aligned west-northwest to east-southeast from the Cabeço Gordo caldera. Although the name "Capelinhos" is associated with the volcano, it technically refers to the western cape of the parish of Capelo. It can be considered the westernmost point of Europe, if the Monchique Islet, near Flores Island, also in the Azores, is considered part of insular North America, for it seats on the North American Plate.A volcanic eruption lasted for 13 months, from September 27, 1957 until October 24, 1958, which may have been two overlapping volcanic eruptions. While enlarging the land by 2.4 km², it spawned 300 seismic events, hurled ash 1 km, destroyed 300 houses in the parishes of Capelo and Praia do Norte and caused the evacuation of 2,000 people . On October 25, the volcano entered a period of dormancy. It is a part of an active fissural volcanic complex which creates multiple seismic and volcanic events.
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  • Location outside of serie ... Looks like we're in a different reality. The interpretive center is quite interesting ... Inside it is possible to visit paid in that we counted as everything happened and explains the phenomenon of volcanoes. It is possible to climb to the lighthouse from where one has a fantastic view.
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  • Site of 1958 volcanic eruption that extended the island by 1km... for 12 euros you can see all of the exhibits & climb the lighthouse that was damaged by the eruption... incredible geological preserva...  more »
  • This is a must see if you are on Faial! The landscape is amazing and the museum is well worth it! We learned so much in the museum and at the end you get to climb the lighthouse. The view from up ther...  more »
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  • What an amazing place !!! The landscape is incredible, really worth to walk all the way to the sea
  • worth climbing up, there's a fumarole
  • It impresses the place, the magnificent interpretation centre.
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  • Muito bonito !!!
  • Excelente! Merece visita para quem gosta destes fenómenos naturais.