Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Capelinhos - Portugal

I said on the last post that in August I'll be on 2 of the Azores islands. One of them is Faial, where this card is from. Unfortunelly I'll only stay there a couple of hours, I'll only have time to visit the Horta city. I'd love to visit the Capelinhos volcano but that won't be possible. 
This nice card was sent by Lurdes last December to wish me happy holidays. 

Fotografia © Maurício Abreu
The Capelinhos is a monogenetic volcano located on the western coast of the island of Faial in the Azores. 
The volcanic eruption that lasted for 13 months, from September 27, 1957 until October 24, 1958, enlarged the land by 2.4 km², destroyed 300 houses and caused the evacuation of 2,000 people. 
The volcano is now a landmark on Faial; its ruined lighthouse and Visitors Center (which lies along the cliff from the volcano) is a tourist destination. Although the volcano is dangerous (due to its dormant state and relief), a trail network runs from the Visitors Center and lighthouse to the caldera summit. On September 27, 2007, commemorations marked the 50th anniversary of the eruption and its effects on the islands history and people which were broadcast in Portugal and throughout the Azorean diaspora. - in: wikipedia

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