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Volcanic Eruption Victim Returns Home 40 Years Later

Gerður Sigurðardóttir, owner and resident of the standalone house on Gerðisbraut 10 in the town of Heimaey in the Westman Islands, watched as the Eldfell volcanic eruption started 500 meters outside her kitchen window in 1973.


The eruption on Fimmvörðuháls in 2010. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Like all of the island’s other inhabitants, Gerður had to evacuate her house and escape to the mainland, ruv.is reports.

Her home was buried under a 15-meter-thick layer of lava and ash, which also flooded through broken windows. Yet the house didn’t collapse

On Sunday evening, RÚV’s program Landinn will show how Gerður’s house has now been dug out.

Even though it is almost 40 years since she was last there, Gerður still remembers where every object was kept, and she guides the television crew through her old home as if she were on some kind of scavenger hunt.

Landinn can also be watched online.


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