The volcano erupted in Iceland on Friday, essentially turning the night sky into a real-life lava lamp.
No injuries were reported. Just happiness – and weird traffic jams.
The blast occurred near Mount Fagradalsfjal, about 20 miles southwest of the capital on Friday evening. Reykjavik, Icelandic Meteorological Office Said on twitter. The agency said the lava fountains were small by volcanic standards, and that seismometers were not recording much turbulence.
Friday’s incident was nothing like the eruption of the Eyjafjaljjökull volcano in Iceland 11 years ago, which spewed so much ash Flew parts of europe For weeks.
Nevertheless, it was the first eruption of southwestern Iceland in nearly 800 years, and the lava was stunning. So a lot of people were excited.
“Yes! , explosion !! Icelandic singer Björk Wrote on facebook And instagram, Given that he once filmed a music video on the site.
“We are sooo excited in icland !!!” she added. “We still got it !!! A feeling of relief when nature expresses itself !!!
Exploded Unusually busy spells of seismic activity In southwestern Iceland that began around December 2019. In recent weeks tens of quakes have rocked the region, leading scientists to believe that an explosion may be imminent.
Iceland has a long history of volcanic activity. The country spans two tectonic plates, which divide themselves by an underscore mountain range that melts hot rock, or magma. Earthquakes occur when magma is pushed through plates.
But it is rare to see earthquakes in and around the Reykjavik region, where most of the country’s 368,000 residents live.
Scientists said for weeks that they did not expect activity at the Eyjafjallajokull volcano on the order of the 2010 earthquake, and that the eruption would likely have been carried out without much explosive force.
“People in Reykjavik are awake with earthquakes, others fall asleep with earthquakes,” Thorvaldur Thorradson, a professor of volcanoes at the University of Iceland, said in an interview this month. “There is a lot of them, and that worries people, but there is nothing to worry about, the world is not going to collapse.”
he was right.
The eruption near Mount Fagradalsfjal on Friday caused some inconveniences, including concerns about traffic jams and the possibility of volcanic pollution in the Reykjavik region. Authorities warned people not to go near the lava and stay indoors with closed windows.
But the explosion – which enthusiasts around the world had been eagerly anticipating for weeks – was mostly a cause for celebration.
“it started!!!!” Zonal Ruach, a volcanologist at the University of Geneva, Wrote on twitter As the lava flowed towards the southwest, Reykjavik began to drift away.
Or bark orange child, 2011, A few years ago she filmed her music video in the area around Mount Fagdalasfjal.
Alien Peltier Contributed to reporting.