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Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption: everything you need to know

In early February, there were more than 18thousands of earthquakes. Scientists were sure that tremors warn of an imminent eruption of volcanoes and they were right. At one o'clock in the morning Moscow time, the meteorological service announced the beginning of the eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano. It is located 40 kilometers from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik with a population of more than 120 thousand people, so the country has declared a state of emergency. Flights have been completely canceled, rescue services are ready to go, and residents are prohibited from approaching the danger zone. Researchers already know exactly how further events will develop, and the Internet is full of videos from the scene. Let's figure out exactly where the eruption takes place and is there any danger to people who live 7 kilometers from the eruption site?

Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption in Iceland

Volcanic eruption in Iceland

According to the news agency Reuters, authoritiesIceland has already stopped the operation of the Keflavik airport. All roads that lead to the Fagradalsfjall volcano are blocked and ordinary people cannot get there. Police urged local residents to remain calm, and firefighters and medics are ready to help. The rescue service noted that the eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano occurred in the best place for this. The lava will flow out in such a way that residents of nearby cities will not be harmed. In particular, we are talking about Grindavik, which is located 7 kilometers from the scene.

From my window I see a glowing red sky. Everyone gets into cars to go that direction, - shared Rannveig Gudmundsdottir, a resident of Grindavik.

Researchers believe that volcanic gaseswill reach the city of Torlaukshöbn. It is located 50 kilometers from the volcano. Residents of nearby towns were asked to close their windows and not leave their homes. How many harmful substances enter the air as a result of the eruption of Fagradalsfjall is still unknown.

The sky above the volcano is colored red

Volcanic ash harm

It is absolutely certain that a largethe amount of volcanic ash, which consists of dust and sand particles less than 2 millimeters. These particles are very dangerous to humans and animals because they settle in the lungs and freeze in a cement-like shape. In severe cases, this can lead to death by suffocation. Volcanic ash is also very dangerous for airplanes, because falling into internal mechanisms can lead to engine stalling.

Interesting fact: volcanic ash is also beneficial.The tiny particles are rich in microscopic elements that increase soil fertility. That is why various crops are grown near the volcanoes of the clock, and very successfully.

Meteorologists predict windy weather with precipitation, so not so many harmful substances should get into the air.

The photo was taken near the volcano

The truth is that near Fagradalsfjalla volcanicactivity has not been observed for 800 years. Next to it is the Keilir volcano, which after a while can also begin to erupt. If there is any urgent news, we will definitely write about it. In order not to miss anything interesting, subscribe to our Telegram channel.

Another photo of the reddening sky above the volcano

In Iceland, dangerousnatural phenomena. Many publications write about this, so it is very important for journalists to correctly write and pronounce Icelandic names of volcanoes and settlements. The locals even recorded a short video, which can be watched to put the correct pronunciation.

Pronunciation of the names of Icelandic volcanoes and settlements

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At the moment, this is all the most important thing that is neededknow about a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Soon the same can happen in the United States. There, too, earthquakes were recorded, which are considered precursors of volcanic eruptions. Read more about a possible volcanic eruption in Utah at this link.