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Last Updated: Friday June 06 2008 13:11 GMT

In pictures: Galapagos volcano

Rare giant tortoises on the famous Galapagos islands in South America haven't been damaged by a volcano erupting.

Rare giant tortoises on the famous Galapagos Islands off Ecuador in South America haven't been damaged by a volcano erupting.

Cerro Azul - one of five active volcanoes on one of the islands - has been erupting for four days, with loads of lava flowing for 10kms from the crater.

Cerro Azul - one of five active volcanoes on one of the islands - erupted for four days, with loads of lava flowing for 10kms from the crater.

Experts were worried that the lava might harm the rare and unique flora and fauna on the islands, including the Galapagos giant tortoise, which can weigh more than 230kg and live more than 100 years.

Experts were worried that the lava might harm the rare and unique flora and fauna on the island, including the Galapagos giant tortoise, which can weigh more than 230kg.

The lava followed the same path as the lava flowed from the Cerro Azul volcano during eruptions in 1978 and 1998 and didn't do any long-term damage.

The lava followed the same path as the lava flowed from the Cerro Azul volcano during eruptions in 1978 and 1998 and didn't do any long-term damage.

But it did provide a blazing spectacle for those able to watch from the air - check out our video of the volcano erupting!

But it did provide a blazing spectacle for those able to watch from the air - check out our video of the volcano erupting by clicking on the link on the right of this page!