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Watch: Stunning Video of Fagradalsfjall Volcano Erupts In Iceland


Wed 05 May 2021 | 11:42 AM
Ahmed Emam

The activity of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland continued at stable levels over the past days until it began to fluctuate on Monday.

A new volcanic lava flow made its way through a narrow valley into the city of Meradalur, threatening to cut a hiking trail. Though ultimately this didn't happen, rescue teams evacuated some visitors in areas threatened to be cut off.

On Wednesday, a spectacular video of Fagradalsfjall volcano's lava fountains visible from Iceland's capital went viral.

The video shows steam and lava spurted from all fissure vents at an Icelandic volcano that began erupting last month. At that time, the volcano prompted the evacuation of hundreds of hikers who had come to see the spectacle.

The new fissure, first spotted by a sightseeing helicopter, was about 500 meters (550 yards) long and about a kilometer (around a half-mile) from the original eruption site in the Geldinga Valley, according to international reports.

According to an official statement by the Icelandic Department of Emergency Management, there was no imminent danger to life due to the site’s distance from popular hiking paths.

In April, the Icelandic Department of Emergency Management announced an immediate evacuation of the area.

Lately, the volcano has brought a steady stream of tourists to the area, even with the country in partial lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

According to data from the Island's Tourism ministry, approximately 30,000 people have visited the area since the eruption began, according to the Icelandic Tourist Board.

It's worth mentioning that a volcano is essentially a gap in Earth’s crust where the surface is connected to chambers of liquid rock below. Moreover, Earth’s crust is composed of tectonic plates that sit on top of a hotter, softer rock in the mantle. Ultimately, Volcanoes most often occur at the boundaries where plates meet.

Watch the video of the latest volcano below:

https://youtu.be/JX-H_sRMSUY