No injuries were reported after the rare eruption near Reykjavik – just joy on the part of the singer and other Icelanders

A volcano erupted in Iceland on Friday, essentially turning the night sky into a real lava lamp

The eruption occurred on Friday night near Mount Fagradalsfjall, about 20 miles southwest of the capital, Reykjavik, the Icelandic Meteorological Bureau said on Twitter, the agency said the lava fountains were small for volcanic standards and that seismometers did not record much turbulence / p>

The event on Friday was none other than the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland 11 years ago, which spat out so much ash that it caused weeks of flights through parts of Europe

Even so, it was the first eruption in southwest Iceland in about 800 years, and the lava was breathtaking, so many people were excited

“YES !! , Breakout !! Icelandic singer Björk wrote on Facebook and Instagram and found that she had once made a music video on the website

“We’re so excited in Iceland !!!” She added “We still have it !!! Feeling of relief when nature expresses itself !!! “

The eruption crowned an unusually busy period of seismic activity in southwest Iceland that began around December 2019. Tens of thousands of quakes have rocked the area in recent weeks, leading scientists to believe that an eruption may be imminent

Iceland has a long history of volcanic activity in the country spanning two tectonic plates, themselves separated by an underwater mountain range from which molten hot rock or magma oozes quakes occur when the magma pushes through the plates

But it rarely happens that in the greater Reykjavik area, where most of the 368000 inhabitants of the country live, quakes occur

Scientists have said for weeks that they did not expect any activity on the scale of the 2010 earthquake at Eyjafjallajokull volcano and that the impending eruption would likely erupt without much explosive force

“People in Reykjavik wake up to an earthquake, others fall asleep to an earthquake,” Thorvaldur Thordarson, professor of volcanology at the University of Iceland, said in an interview earlier this month. “There are many of them, and that worries people, but there is no need to worry, the world will not collapse ”

Friday’s eruption near Mount Fagradalsfjall came with some inconvenience, including traffic jams and concerns about possible volcanic pollution in the Reykjavik area, authorities warned people not to approach the lava and stay indoors with the windows closed

But the breakout, which enthusiasts around the world had been anticipating for weeks, was largely cause for celebration

“It has started !!!!” Joël Ruch, a volcanologist at the University of Geneva, wrote on Twitter as the lava slowly flowed away to the southwest of Reykjavik

“First photo of the outbreak! Impressive! “Wrote Sigridur Kristjansdottir, a seismologist in Iceland Non-specialists were also excited online

The colors in the sky were spectacular indeed. Imagine the northern lights, but in blood orange instead of the usual electric green, Or the glowing orbs of an early Mark Rothko canvas

Or Björk’s orange hair, circa 2011, a few years before she shot her music video near Mount Fagradalsfjall


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