Earth’s grandeur is spilling out.
The Icelandic Meteorological Workplace reported Friday night that lava began flowing out of a fissure on the island’s Reykjanes peninsula, after months of quaking within the area. The lava flows aren’t currently a threat to anyone, so they are a pure supply of intrigue and surprise.
The Icelandic musician Björk, for instance, is stoked.
The brand new fissure is a few 500 to 700 meters lengthy, and video captured by the Iceland Coast Gaurd shows lava fountaining into the air from the massive crack.
Iceland is likely one of the most volcanically dynamic locations on Earth, with a major eruption occurring on average every four or five years. But this was southwestern Iceland’s first eruption in some 800 years, reports the New York Instances. A lot of the island consists of (long-ago cooled) volcanic rock. Molten rock (magma) is all the time brewing beneath Iceland, largely as a result of it lies over a hot spot, the place a plume of magma, from deep within the Earth, can journey up close to to the floor. (Hawaii has the same scorching spot).
The photographs and video under present Iceland’s newest, vivid lava flows:
The eruption is small and the volcanic exercise has considerably decreased since yesterday night. The eruptive fissure is appr. 500 – 700 m lengthy. The lava space is lower than 1 km2. Lava fountains are small and lava flows are presently a really native hazard. #Reykjanes #eruption pic.twitter.com/2YsSbGtIuZ
— Icelandic Meteorological Workplace – IMO (@Vedurstofan) March 20, 2021