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 at present a menace to anybody, so they seem to be a pure supply of intrigue and marvel.
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 reveals lava fountaining into the air from the big crack.
Iceland is among the most volcanically dynamic locations on Earth, with a major eruption occurring on common each 4 or 5 years. But this was southwestern Iceland’s first eruption in some 800 years, experiences the New York Occasions. A lot of the island consists of (long-ago cooled) volcanic rock. Molten rock (magma) is at all times brewing beneath Iceland, largely as a result of it lies over a sizzling spot, the place a plume of magma, from deep within the Earth, can journey up close to to the floor. (Hawaii has the same sizzling spot).
The pictures and video beneath present Iceland’s newest, vivid lava flows:
On March 20, 2021, the Icelandic Coast Guard captures the Icelandic lava circulation.
Credit score: AFP through Getty Photos / ICELANDIC COAST GUARD
The orange glow from the lava flows, seen on March 19, 2021.
Credit score: Getty pictures / afp/ HALLDOR KOLBEINS