Following tens of thousands of earthquakes recorded around the Fagradalsfjall volcano, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland, the volcano erupted, releasing impressive rivers of lava.
New videos are constantly emerging on the networks about the spectacular event, which has not occurred for 6,000 years, according to Fox News on March 20.
One of them is the one provided by the internaut @Sanxyraa on her Twitter account, explaining that a 656-foot gap was opened to let out the incandescent magma.
However, the version given by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) estimates that the fissure could measure 1,640 feet in length. The magma shot hundreds of feet away.
The Fagradalsfjall volcano has cracked open 200 meters so far 🌋👀 pic.twitter.com/j4qDjN2Ut0
— Sanxyra (@Sanxyraa) March 19, 2021
The account of a local airline, @MOMairline, offers very close images of the lava flows, adding details rarely seen.
— MOM air (@MOMairline) March 19, 2021
The population is apparently not at risk, according to the Department of Emergency Management, which had not scheduled evacuations, although the volcano was almost 1.5 miles from the nearest road.
Nevertheless, Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir issued safety warnings.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and for now it is not considered a threat to surrounding towns. We ask people to stay away from the immediate area and stay safe,” Jakobsdottir alerted.
The violent eruption began at 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time, when a large red cloud lit up the sky, and despite abundant lava flows it is not considered to be very large, on the scale of Iceland.
The geological and tectonic activity of the country manifests itself frequently, sometimes offering surprises such as the emergence of an island about 20 miles away.
It is the island of Surtsey, considered a geological wonder, as it belongs to one of the youngest parts of the Earth’s crust; it emerged from the seabed in 1963, as a result of a two-year volcanic eruption.
At its maximum size it is 1 sq. mile, with a maximum elevation of about 500 feet, the mountain named Austurbunki; it belongs to the archipelago of Vestmannaeyjar. The seabed is 426 feet deep.
Limited visits to the island Iceland tries to maintain less human impact and contamination, allowing the free natural process of the colonization of life.