An ongoing volcanic eruption in Iceland is now the longest the nation has seen for greater than 50 years, as Sunday marked the sixth month lava has been erupting from a fissure close to Mount Fagradalsfjall.
The eruption close to the capital Reykjavik began on 19 March and has continued ever since.
Typically the volcano has thrown huge quantities of molten rock into the air whereas at different instances emitting only a sluggish trickle of lava, however it’s now the longest eruption for half a century.
Because the nation is a part of the mid-Atlantic tectonic ridge, it’s a hotbed for volcanism, with plenty of volcanoes, geysers and earthquakes.
Though the size of the eruption has overtaken the Holuhraun eruption which ran from August 2014 to February 2015, the 143 million cubic metres of lava which has been spurted out by Fagradalsfjall is lower than a tenth of what was emitted at Holuhraun.
It has turn into a significant vacationer attraction based on Iceland’s vacationer board, attracting doubtlessly upwards of 300,000 guests.
1000’s of individuals have headed to the Reykjanes Peninsula close to the city of Grindavik, round 19 miles (30km) southwest of the capital Reykjavík, to catch a glimpse of the orange-hued show.
Some guests had been even pictured grilling meals on the scorching crust of magma as they soaked up the distinctive expertise.
The longest-known eruption on the island lasted nearly 4 years, from November 1963 till June 1967, and created the volcanic island Surtsey, the southernmost level of Iceland.
In 2010 the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull compelled a whole bunch of properties to be evacuated and created an unlimited cloud of volcanic ash that disrupted air journey throughout Europe.
“It is an ideal vacationer eruption,” Thorvaldur Thordarson, volcanology professor on the College of Iceland, mentioned. “With the caveat although, do not go too shut.”
He in contrast the lava flux to that of the Pu’u ‘O’o eruption in Hawaii, which started in 1983 and continued to erupt for 35 years. “It might finish tomorrow or it might nonetheless be getting into just a few many years.”
The eruption is “particular within the sense that it has saved a comparatively regular outflow, so it has been going fairly robust,” based on Halldor Geirsson, a geophysicist on the Institute of Earth Science, who spoke to the AFP information company.
“The standard behaviour that we all know from volcanoes in Iceland is that they begin actually energetic and pour out lava, after which the outflow type of decreases over time till it stops,” he mentioned.