Iceland: it is the island literally being torn in half. Little wonder why the tiny nation is such a hot spot, literally, for volcanic activity. Well, as is to be expected, a volcano is erupting in Iceland again.
The eruption started just past midnight Iceland time and took the form of smoke and lava being thrust through the surface of the Eyjaafjallajokull Glacier. The location of the eruption, beneath a glacier, is doubly troubling as there are now fears of floods if the eruption continues and ice continues to melt. The good news is that the area is sparsely populated, which made evacuations relatively easy to organize.
For this volcano, this is the first eruption since 1821. Scientists admit that there was little warning of an eruption, all the more proof that one can never be too complacent with nature.
As this is a major event from the area, cameras were undoubtedly rolling. However, since the story continues to break, photos so far are few. Undoubtedly more photos will appear as the day goes on, so stay tuned.
For a look back, here is rare video of Iceland’s famous eruptions during the 1970s:
Volcanoes in general:
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