Icelandic Volcanic Outburst goes 100 Meters into the Air. Video Skip to content

Icelandic Volcanic Outburst goes 100 Meters into the Air. Video

The eruption in Fimmvörduháls seems to be stable. The dreaded Katla, a much bigger and more dangerous volcano, shows no signs of waking up. A Katla eruption would start major floods on the southern coast and might put many farms and the village of Vík in danger. A Katla eruption could also have very serious consequences for flight routes across the Atlantic.

Yesterday some of the volcanic glowing ash and lava went up as high as 100 meters according to onlookers. Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson has been investigating the eruption. He said in an interview to that he sees no sign of reduced volcanic activity.

The beautiful lava fall has been more dazzling in the past few days than before. With the new crater opening up on Wednesday the lava flow increased. If is dangerous to go to close to the stream, and even if you stand more than 50 meters away you can feel the heat.

There has been speculation on where the lava comes from. Geologist Olgeir Sigmarsson told Ríkisútvarpid that the stream seems to flow continuously from many kilometers down. Sigmarsson said that in the spring of 2009 earthquakes were measured as deep as 20 kilometers down. The lava might be coming up from very deep below. This is a rare occurrence, if indeed that is the case.

Here you can see footage from the eruption yesterday.

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