In Iceland, the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted on Friday evening – for the first time in almost 900 years. Since then, the mountain has been hissing and boiling.
Meteorologists had only measured slight earthquakes in the region, around 40 kilometers south of the capital Reykjavik, in advance. Nevertheless, the surface of the volcano broke open over a length of 500 meters, and a lava flow poured into the valley. Geophysicists estimate that more than 300,000 cubic meters of the liquid rock have now leaked.
According to the AFP news agency, thousands of onlookers dared to get close to the glowing lava flow on Sunday. Some took advantage of the heat and grilled marshmallows or sausages.
It is not completely harmless. The authorities first warned against approaching the volcano, then they tolerated visiting the lava flow. On Monday morning, access to the volcano was temporarily blocked again – because it not only spat lava, but also poisonous gas.
However, there is no acute danger for Iceland’s population, the area around the volcano is uninhabited. And the outbreak has so far not affected air traffic either.