Iceland volcano 2021 Iceland Volcano Erupts After Weeks of Earthquakes
Iceland volcano Iceland volcano Iceland After Weeks Earthquakes Erupts of Volcano
Sat, 20 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0700
No injuries were reported after the rare eruption near Reykjavik — only joy, on the part of the singer and other Icelanders
No injuries were reported after the rare eruption near Reykjavik — only joy, on the part of the singer and other Icelanders.
A volcano erupted in Iceland on Friday, essentially turning the night sky into a real-life lava lamp.
No injuries were reported.
Just joy — and the odd traffic jam.
The eruption occurred on Friday evening near Mount Fagradalsfjall, about 20 miles southwest of the capital, Reykjavik, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said on Twitter.
The agency said that the lava fountains were small by volcano standards, and that seismometers were not recording much turbulence.
Friday’s event was nothing like the eruption 11 years ago of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, which spewed so much ash that it grounded flights across parts of Europe for weeks.
Still, it was southwestern Iceland’s first eruption in about 800 years, and the lava was stunning.
So a lot of people were excited.
“YESSS !! , eruption !!” the Icelandic singer Björk wrote on Facebook and Instagram, noting that she had once filmed a music video at the site.
“We in iceland are sooo excited !!!” she added.
“We still got it !!! sense of relief when nature expresses herself !!!”
The eruption capped an unusually busy spell of seismic activity in southwestern Iceland that began around December 2019.
Tens of thousands of quakes have shaken the area in recent weeks, leading scientists to believe that an eruption could be imminent.
There is a long history of volcanic activity in Iceland.
The country straddles two tectonic plates, which are themselves divided by an undersea mountain chain that oozes molten hot rock, or magma.
Quakes occur when the magma pushes through the plates.
But it’s rare to see quakes in and around the greater Reykjavik area, where most of the country’s 368,000 residents live.
Scientists said for weeks that they did not expect activity on the order of the 2010 quake at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and that the looming eruption would probably bubble out without much explosive force.
“People in Reykjavik are waking up with an earthquake, others go to sleep with an earthquake,” Thorvaldur Thordarson, a professor of volcanology at the University of Iceland, said in an interview this month.
“There’s a lot of them, and that worries people, but there’s nothing to worry about, the world is not going to collapse.”
He was right.
The eruption near Mount Fagradalsfjall on Friday did pose a few inconveniences, including traffic jams and concerns about the potential for volcanic pollution in the Reykjavik area.
The authorities warned people not to go near the lava and to stay indoors with the windows closed.
But the eruption — which enthusiasts around the world had been eagerly expecting for weeks — was mostly a cause for celebration.
“It started!!!!” Joël Ruch, a volcanologist at the University of Geneva, wrote on Twitter as the lava started flowing slowly southwest, away from Reykjavik.
“First photo of the eruption! Wow!” wrote Sigridur Kristjansdottir, a seismologist in Iceland.
Nonspecialists also expressed excitement online.
The colors in the sky were indeed spectacular.
Imagine the Northern Lights, but in blood orange instead of the usual electric green.
Or the glowing orbs of an early Mark Rothko canvas.
Or Björk’s orange hair, circa 2011, a few years before she filmed her music video in the vicinity of Mount Fagradalsfjall.
Elian Peltier contributed reporting.
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Video of the eruption show the bright lava oozing out of the earth, lighting up an otherwise stark dark night
The glow from the lava could be seen up to 20 miles
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The Fagradals Mountain volcano in southwest Iceland had been dormant for 6,000 years.
But on Friday night, following, the volcano came to life.
The eruption is the first that the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcano is located, has experienced in 781 years.
Video of the eruption show the bright lava oozing out of the earth, lighting up an otherwise stark dark night.
The glow from the lava could be seen up to 20 miles away from Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, according to the Associated Press and photos of the glow.
This is Fagradalsfjall.
It’s about 15 miles south of Reykjavik and just erupted.
You can start practicing your pronunciation:
Have fun#iceland #volcano pic.twitter.com/IYFHQMzWsx
Icelandic Police tweeted on Friday that people were to stay indoors and keep their windows closed to prevent gas pollution.
When volcanoes erupt, the lava spews several potentially hazardous gases, including sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen fluoride, according to the United State Environmental Protection Agency.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office said on Saturday morning that the pollution from this eruption, however, “is not expected to cause much discomfort for people except close up to the source of the eruption.”
On its website, the office said “no volcanic ash is detected but high level of volcanic gases has been measured close to the eruption site.” Scientists and officials are monitoring the emissions closely.
A new video of the eruption at Geldingardalur valley in Reykjanes peninsula.
Taken from the Coast Guard helicopter.
#Reykjanes #Eruption #Fagradalsfjall pic.twitter.com/B862heMzQL
By Saturday morning, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported that volcanic activity had “somewhat decreased” since Friday evening.
Scientists at the department have not cited major concern for people in the area, as the lava area is less than 1 square kilometer.
Eruptive fissures — cracks in the earth’s surface from which lava comes out — are approximately 500 to 700 meters long, according to the office.
“Lava fountains are small and lava flows are currently a very local hazard,” the office tweeted.
The Scientific Council for Civil Protection said on Saturday morning that they do not believe the eruption is a threat to structures.
The eruption is small and the volcanic activity has somewhat decreased since yesterday evening.
The eruptive fissure is appr.
500 – 700 m long.
The lava area is less than 1 km2.
Lava fountains are small and lava flows are currently a very local hazard.
#Reykjanes #eruption pic.twitter.com/2YsSbGtIuZ
A small earthquake happened just hours before the volcano erupted.
A screenshot from the seismograph showing the hours before the eruption.
A very low tremor is current to the right of the image and only on those monitors next to the eruption site, (bottom lines).
The eruption starts at ca 20:45, time stamp is at the bottom.
#Reykjanes #Eruption pic.twitter.com/OKMNBlthxX
Southwest Iceland has been hit with asince February 24.
Dozens of them had a magnitude of 3 or higher, meaning they could be felt.
On Thursday, just one day before the eruption, the IMO reported that there had been 400 earthquakes in a span of about seven hours.
Despite the extent, it was “somewhat less” seismic activity compared to other mornings where there have been roughly 1,000 earthquakes.
First published on March 20, 2021 / 9:29 AM
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