A large number of people flocked to the site of a new eruption of the volcanic fissure located in an uninhabited valley about 40 km from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The eruption, which began on Wednesday 3 August, concerns Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwestern Iceland, which last year erupted for six months. The images broadcast by Icelandic TV show the red lava coming out of a rift several hundred meters long, in a rugged landscape.
The eruption site, reachable by a 90-minute walk, has already attracted more than 1,830 visitors on the first day of the lava’s appearance, according to Icelandic authorities, and many have been seen trekking in the area. The eruption was preceded by a period of intense seismic activity, with approximately 10,000 earthquakes detected since last Saturday, of which two of magnitude at least 5.0. The frequency of earthquakes has slowed since magma exploded in the ground. The lava flow in the early hours has been estimated at 32 cubic meters per second, according to measurements made by scientists: about four or five times more than at the start of last year’s eruption. “The current eruption is therefore much more powerful,” say the scientists.
August 5, 2022 – Updated August 5, 2022, 9:28 am
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