Breathtaking images recently surfaced of a volcano eruption in action.
Thrainn Kolbeinsson has released spectacular aerial footage showing scorched soil, smoky haze, and flowing magma.
The timelapse video flies by an eruption at sunset. Huge gas bubbles rise through magma, sending lava pulses to the surface.
The eruption follows a constant pattern with alternate pulses of lava rising, at a frequency of about 12 to 16 hours between pulses.
These images were captured while camping out on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Fagradalsfjall volcano. Iceland Aerials produced the final cut.
Fagradalsfjall Mountain is a tuya that erupted under an ice shield during the previous glaciation. At the southern half of the peninsula, the volcanic system includes an area with eruptive fissures (a fissure swarm), cones, and lava fields.
A major seismic crisis has occurred in February 2021. This is blamed for causing magma intrusion at a shallow depth. The volcano erupted for the first time in recorded history one month after.
The eruption continued with no sign of ending despite rhythmically alternating phases of very low to very high levels on Aug. 18. Pulses keep changing from one extreme to the other every 24 hours.
A new lava flow began to descend into the Geldingadalir valley after returning to the western edge of the main crater on Sept. 11.
Lava flows have already filled the valleys of the Geldingadalir, Meradalir, Meradalur, and Nátthagi.
🌋👀 new eruption night view from Grindavik… 2021.09.11./12. amazing!#timelapse from footage: Veðurstofa Ísland#massiv #eruption #icelandvolcano #lava #volcano #iceland #icelanderuption #Geldingadalir #Fagradalsfjall #Meradalir pic.twitter.com/rgDj26Ib4U— Ar-etsch (@ar_etsch) September 12, 2021