On March 19, the volcano Fagradalsfjall began erupting in Iceland, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, which was considered dormant because it had not been active for almost 800 years.
According to the website of the country’s meteorological bureau, so far the eruption has not threatened local residents, settlements, or infrastructure facilities. But just in case, the authorities appealed to residents with a request not to open windows and stay at home.
The volcano itself has located 35 km from the country’s capital, Reykjavik. As told by local residents, the sky over the capital became red. The eruption began at 9 p.m. Moscow time, and in just a couple of hours, the lava was already covering an area of about 1 km².
“The eruption at this stage is considered small, and the crack is about 500 meters long. The area of magma is about 1 square kilometer. The lava fountains are small,” the Icelandic Bureau of Meteorology said.
According to meteorologists, the eruption was preceded by increased seismic activity on the peninsula: only on March 18 morning in the region were recorded about 400 earthquakes.
Icelanders themselves, already accustomed to endless eruptions, took the incident calmly, and some even with humor.
As a result, a video appeared on the Web, in which a local young couple explains to foreigners how to pronounce the main Icelandic names in their native language. Among them is the name of the volcano – Fagradalsfjall.
Previously Latest Ne reported that seismologists are alarmed by the high activity of the Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka, which became active in early October after two months of silence. Thus its normal interval between eruptions is about one year.
The current level of activity remains – the last eruption of Klyuchevskoy happened on March 10.