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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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  • My wife and i visited the famous Capelinhos Volcano on Faial Island Portugal on a bus tour. The history of how over thousands of year the magma, which is the molten rock underground, would rise to the...  more »
  • In addition to the landscape that is worth a lot to visit, learn how graduated that and other islands and you can see a little of the history of that place. Very interesting.
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  • We seem to be in another room, on another island-on a deserted island! A paradise in which gives to breathe fresh air and see the power of nature. I was delighted with such beauty. For me, a natural beauty that is worth all the others. The best natural beauty I've ever seen!
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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.