Volcanic eruptions are probably some of the most mesmerising phenomena to witness, from afar. Though they are extremely dangerous in close proximity, they’re nevertheless extremely fascinating. Recently, a volcano erupted near the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. The video was posted on Twitter and it has gone viral. Fortunately, the region in Iceland where the volcano erupted was uninhabited and hence, no loss of human life or infrastructure occurred. Here are the details about the volcanic eruption.
Iceland Becomes Lavaland As Volcano Erupts Near Its Capital
Iceland is erupting. People are very excited. pic.twitter.com/NwRI9YkoPc
— Halli (@iamharaldur) July 10, 2023
This particular volcano erupted in a valley which is close to the mountain known as Litli-Hrutur, according to an article published in Livemint. Lili-Hrutur is located 30 kilometres southwest of Reykjavik. The Met Office in Iceland stated that lava and smoke erupted from a small depression north of Lili-Hrutur.
These ruptures are around 200 metres in length, however, the eruptions are not as powerful. The ruptures are incessantly generating smoke most of which is just steam. Since the eruption is of low intensity, it cannot cause much damage to infrastructure.
However, if the eruption continues for long, this may end up changing. As of now, things seem relatively harmless. The area, which is known as Fagradalsfjall Volcano, has been struck by many earthquakes in the past couple of days.
Third Eruption In The Last Two Years
According to the Livemint article, the region has been struck by more than 1,200 earthquakes in the last couple of days. Moreover, this is not the first time that the region has witnessed a volcanic eruption. In the last two years, there have been two other eruptions in addition to this one.
The first one took place on the 19th of March back in 2021 in Geldingadalur Valley. It lasted for some six months. This was the first eruption in more than eight centuries! The second earthquake took place on the 3rd of August, 2023 in Meradalir Valley. This one lasted around three weeks.
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