Volcano in Iceland returns to life

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After a series of earthquakes in Iceland, the long-dormant volcano Fagradalsfjall erupted on Friday night. The volcano is located nearly 40 miles outside of Reykjavik, the nearest city and the country’s capital, and didn’t threaten any lives or infrastructure damage.

Images of the eruption immediately flooded social media as Iceland residents saw lava and ash from the volcano light up the sky.

The country’s Minister of Justice, Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, took a trip to the volcano as the eruption began to monitor the situation. Sigurbjörnsdóttir posted photos and a live video from the helicopter showing lava oozing down from the eruption.

RTFA. Lots more photos and video. I love Iceland. Haven’t been there in years…and always loved every hour in that beautiful land.

12 thoughts on “Volcano in Iceland returns to life

  1. Mike says:

    Saint Vincent to evacuate thousands after volcano threat : Officials have said La Soufriere volcano, which last erupted in 1979, could erupt at any moment. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/30/v
    La Soufriere, located near the northern tip of the main island of St Vincent, last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.
    That occurred shortly before Martinique’s Mount Pelee erupted and destroyed the town of Saint-Pierre, killing more than 30,000 people.
    Mount Pelee is also active once again. In early December, officials in the French Caribbean territory issued a yellow alert due to seismic activity under the mountain. It was the first alert of its kind issued since the volcano last erupted in 1932, Fabrice Fontaine, with Martinique’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory, told The Associated Press.
    “La Catastrophe: The Eruption of Mount Pelee, the Worst Volcanic Eruption of the Twentieth Century.” (Oxford University Press). https://archive.org/details/lacatastropheeru00scar/page/2/mode/2up

    • p/s says:

      “The Day the World Ended: The Mount Pelée Disaster: May 7, 1902” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Pel%C3%A9e
      “…So how did a town of thousands not heed the warnings of nature and local scientists, instead staying behind to perish in the onslaught of volcanic ash? Why did the newspapers publish articles assuring readers that the volcano was harmless? And why did the authorities refuse to allow the American Consul to contact Washington about the conditions? The answer lies in politics: With an election on the horizon, the political leaders of Martinique ignored the welfare of their people in order to consolidate the votes they needed to win.
      A gripping and informative book on the disastrous effects of a natural disaster coupled with corruption, The Day the World Ended reveals the story of a city engulfed in flames and the political leaders that chose to kill their people rather than give up their political power.” (Amazon review)

  2. Update says:

    A massive volcano has erupted on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, officials said Friday, the first time it has exploded since 1979.
    The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center confirmed the eruption began at 8:41 a.m., sharing a photograph showing a large plume of smoke over the volcano.
    Barrouallie on the island of Saint Vincent close to midnight Thursday, 8 April 2021 as evacuees arrived in the Central Leeward town from Chateaubelair in North Leeward, which is in the volcano Red Zone.
    Authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have ordered an evacuation in light of a possible explosive eruption of La Soufriere, which has been erupting effusively since December 2020.

  3. p/s says:

    “Toxic Plume from Caribbean Volcano Wraps Around Earth; Arrives Over India” https://weatherboy.com/toxic-plume-from-caribbean-volcano-wraps-around-earth-arrives-over-india/
    “La Soufrière or Soufrière Saint Vincent is an active stratovolcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the highest peak in Saint Vincent, and has had five recorded explosive eruptions since 1718.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Soufri%C3%A8re_(volcano)
    “Of the 45 currently erupting volcanoes on Earth, La Soufrière is among those that worry volcanologists the most.
    Unlike the slow-moving lava that many onlookers have admired flowing from Fagradalsfjall in Iceland, La Soufrière has an explosive and erratic eruption style. What began as a dome of goopy lava slowly pushing from the summit crater in December 2020 has turned into something much more dangerous: several explosive blasts rocked La Soufrière and the Caribbean island of St. Vincent starting on April 9, 2021.” https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148190/tracking-la-soufrieres-plume

  4. MAGMA says:

    A new study, published yesterday in Geology, explores a threat volcanologists discovered only recently: surprisingly shallow magma pools that are too small to be detected with common volcano monitoring equipment. Such a magma body was discovered in Iceland in 2009, when scientists with the Iceland Deep Drilling Project accidentally drilled directly into the molten rock two kilometers shallower than the depths where magma had been detected before. Magma began to creep up the drill hole, reaching several meters before it was stopped with cold drilling fluids. The study adds a critical piece of information to the puzzle by linking the hidden magma to a centuries-old eruption. https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/News/pr/2021/21-23.aspx
    Unintentional encounters with silicic magma at ~2–2.5 km depth have recently occurred during drilling at three volcanoes: Kilauea (Hawaii), Menengai (Kenya), and Krafla (Iceland). https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/doi/10.1130/G48697.1/596166/Eruption-risks-from-covert-silicic-magma-bodies

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