Between 27 of September of 1957 and 24 of October of 1958, on the western side of the island of Faial of the Azorean archipelago, it happened a volcanic phenomenon of an enormous singularity – the eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano.
This eruption began on the surroundings of the Capelinhos lighthouse and it was an eruption of submanire origin.
Characterized by periods of high seismic activity, pyroclastous explosions and enormous ash expelling, this has become a huge threat to the Faialense population, who saw his daily life undergo a drastic change.
Several were the workplaces and dwellings affected by this eruption, and were devasted by volcanic explosions, but above all, buried by the immensity of ashes released.
Many people, even moved their location because this interfered and made it impossible to live in the places they were used to.
Many even immigrated, namely to Brazil.
However, this tragic event has given place to a territorial expansion of the island of Faial, which is now a beautiful landscape, the characterizer of the event and the tragic moments experienced by the people of Faial.
Today it’s possible to admire this landscape closely, walk on it and even climb the iconic lighthouse of Capelinhos.
To a better understanding of this phenomenon, you can also visit the CIVC – Interpretation Center of the Capelinhos Volcano.