Spectacular Live Footage Of The Geldingardalur Explosion & Flowing Lava
Visit Iceland has set up a livestream of the erupting Iceland volcano. It is a spectacular site of smoke and lava pouring out of the top, and the lava flowing down its sides.
Here is the link to the livestream: Live Video From Eruption in Iceland – Inspired by Iceland (visiticeland.com)
The newly named Geldingardalur volcano in Fagradalsfjall had been dormant for 6,000 years. It began erupting on March 19. The location is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Reykjavik near the Reykjanes Peninsula.
It is the first active volcano in the area in 800 years.
The eruption came after more than 50,000 earthquakes hit the island nation for the previous three weeks.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” Ulvar Kari Johannsson, a 21-year-old engineer, told the AFP news agency. “It smells pretty bad. For me, what was surprising was the colors of the orange: much, much deeper than what one would expect.”
The Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) is releasing regular updates on its website. It also lists the following predictions:
- The eruption will decrease gradually and end in the coming days or weeks.
- New volcanic fissures could open at the eruption site or along the magma dike near to Mt. Fagradalsfjall.
- The likelihood of a large earthquake close to Mt. Fagradalsfjall has reduced due to the ongoing volcanic activity.
- An earthquake up to magnitude 6.5 could be triggered in the Brennisteinsfjöll volcanic system, located east of Mt. Fagradalsfjall.