Icelandic volcano might erupt for years, creating ‘good vacationer’ attraction

Individuals collect on the volcanic web site on the Reykjanes Peninsula following Friday’s eruption in Iceland, March 21, 2021. Image taken March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Cat Gundry-Beck

COPENHAGEN – A volcano in Iceland spewing lava into the sky because it erupted final Friday might proceed its spectacular show for years, probably turning into a brand new vacationer attraction on the island identified for its pure wonders.

Hundreds of Icelanders have flocked to the positioning of the eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula, some 30 kilometres southwest of the capital, hoping to be awed by the uncommon lava fountains and even to cook dinner a meal on the scorching crust of magma.

Drone footage filmed over the crater reveals the molten lava effervescent and spurting, and gushing down the perimeters of the volcano.

“It is an ideal vacationer eruption,” volcanology professor on the College of Iceland, Thorvaldur Thordarson, advised Reuters.

“With the caveat although, do not go too shut.”

To deal with the hoard of holiday makers, authorities in Iceland arrange a 3.5 kilometre (2.2 miles) climbing path to the eruption web site and are patrolling the world to forestall onlookers from venturing into hazardous areas polluted by volcanic gasses.

“Individuals have been climbing from many various instructions into the world,” Agust Gunnar Gylfason, undertaking supervisor on the Division of Civil Safety and Emergency Administration, advised Reuters.

Gylfason estimated greater than ten thousand individuals had ventured to the positioning since Friday night, a few of whom had wanted rescuing as a result of harsh climate and travelling with out sufficient meals or correct clothes.

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Because the preliminary eruption, lava has steadily seeped out of the volcano at a charge of between 5 to 10 cubic metres per second, Thordarson mentioned, a move sturdy sufficient to make sure the lava doesn’t solidify and shut the fissure. For now.

“If it drops beneath three cubic meters, it is very possible that the eruption will cease,” Thordarson mentioned.

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 entering into a number of many years.”