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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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  • This volcano erupted in 1957-58, and in doing so both added 1Km to the west end of Faial, and led to the emigration of nearly 5,000 Azoreans to the USA. The Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre wa...  more »
  • Sixty Seven years ago this new land was born of a volcanic eruption just off the shores of Faial island. Kind of a must see attraction now. It is possible to hike the area too.  more »
  • This part of Fail takes a while to reach from Horta along twisty roads. Once you arrive you will immediately be overwhelmed by the barren nature of the new land created in the past century. A true sen...  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
  • A place of almost obligatory passage to Faiail. Spectacular lunar landscape! 🌚
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  • It impresses the place, the magnificent interpretation centre.
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  • Very pretty!!!
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