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Started by WibbleAgain on Mar 20, 2021 5:58:45 PM
Iceland volcano: eruption under way in Fagradalsfjall near Reykjavik

While Iceland’s Keflavik international airport, the country’s largest, and the small fishing port of Grindavik are only a few kilometres away, the area is uninhabited and the eruption is not expected to present any danger.

The Krysuvik volcanic system has been inactive for the past 900 years, according to the meteorological office, while the last eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula dates back almost 800 years to 1240.

But the region has been under increased surveillance for several weeks after an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 was registered on 24 February on the outskirts of Reykjavik, followed by an unusual number of smaller tremors – more than 50,000, the highest number since digital recordings began in 1991.

It's an "effusive" eruption rather than the explosive kind. Awesome aerial shots.

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TauCeti - 20 Mar 2021 18:03:40 (#2 of 17)

Me too; also from a safe distance.

HorstVogel - 20 Mar 2021 18:03:48 (#3 of 17)


TauCeti - 20 Mar 2021 18:04:20 (#4 of 17)

YES! :O) and have been half way up, decades ago.

Macpaddy - 20 Mar 2021 18:17:37 (#5 of 17)

Strangley anticlimatic if you vist the main crater.

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machiavelli - 20 Mar 2021 18:19:57 (#7 of 17)

My mate Victor wanted to go to Iceland for his stag do. I said "Don't do it - it'll wreck ya, Vic".

<shamefully gets coat>

TauCeti - 20 Mar 2021 18:21:33 (#8 of 17)

Didn't get to the top, group of six + guide; a strong tremor made the guide turn around and walk, we followed.

Another time watched in awe Stromboli erupting at night, from the ship's deck: a starry Mediterranean sky, positively bright, a large black island-shape blotting out the stars, and the red of the splurting flow.

Anyway; Iceland.

FleurDuMal - 20 Mar 2021 18:23:25 (#9 of 17)

I too love volcanoes.

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bossab2 - 20 Mar 2021 20:22:07 (#11 of 17)

Kind of neat that they knew it was going to happen: just there.

FleurDuMal - 20 Mar 2021 20:38:21 (#12 of 17)

I imagine that seismic research is a thriving occupation there.

TauCeti - 20 Mar 2021 21:03:27 (#13 of 17)

Mh; how difficult is it to know it is going to happen when you live on the volcano? :o) and very active too, not just asleep like Vesuvius. There, there might be little signs... not enough time to evacuate...

FleurDuMal - 20 Mar 2021 21:29:10 (#14 of 17)

If you only rely on human perception, possibly not.

However, seismologists and volcanologists use sensitive equipment to monitor every change, no matter how small.

TauCeti - 20 Mar 2021 21:59:59 (#15 of 17)

The whole island moves in opposite directions, oddly enough...

FleurDuMal - 21 Mar 2021 09:07:58 (#16 of 17)

Bit worrying, that.

RosyLovelady - 21 Mar 2021 09:26:38 (#17 of 17)

Rather like San Seriffe.

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