In Iceland, on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the second volcanic eruption in a year occurred, located 40 kilometers from the capital Reykjavik. There is no information about casualties.
The town of Grindavik suffered from the spread of lava and its residents were evacuated several months ago. On the night of Thursday, February 8, guests of the famous Blue Lagoon spa resort, located next to the volcano, were forced out.
The fissure from the eruption reached three kilometers in length, and fountains of lava were visible from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik.
Here’s what he said about this in a conversation with OSN volcanologist, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Pavel Plechev.
In his opinion, the eruption of this volcano is not an ordinary event.
“Reykjanes is part of the underwater Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which comes to the surface in Iceland.
Iceland is an island located on the mid-Atlantic ridge, and there is even a canyon there – a crack, where the American plate is on one side and the European plate on the other. This is where the Atlantic Ocean is formed. It is “produced” there, including due to eruptions,” the specialist explained.
Plechev clarified that Reykjanos is a classic place where all types of volcanic rocks are present. Non-volcanic rocks, he said, are extremely difficult to find there.
“This eruption is of the fissure type. Volcanoes there have been erupting for many thousands of years. However, over the past hundred years, the number of eruptions on the Reykjanos Peninsula has begun to decrease and activity has shifted to the West – to a different zone. Geologists have suggested that the very place where the so-called spreading (sliding of plates) will also gradually shift to a new zone, to where Eyjafjallajökull erupted,” the specialist pointed out.
And the fact that Reykjanos erupts, according to Pavel Plechev, suggests that this zone is still alive and will continue to work. From an everyday point of view, as the publication’s interlocutor noted, this eruption is not very scary.
“During a fissure-type eruption, lava forms in fissures and begins to flow out in two directions. It’s not very comfortable to be in close proximity, but it doesn’t have any planetary scale. According to volcanologists and geophysicists, this fissure passes through the village of Grindavik and lava can spill onto the village. Some buildings, including historical ones, have already been destroyed, and people were evacuated in advance,” he explained.
The specialist emphasized that there would be no other consequences other than the destruction of buildings.
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