When I was around 9 I painted a picture of me sitting on a mountain, watching a volcanic eruption. It only took 30 years, but I finally fulfilled that live goal.
It was amazing!
It finally happened! After three weeks of constant earthquakes the volcano finally decided to erupt. Iceland actually does not have volcanoes in the classical sense, we have fissures, meaning you can never really predict where the actual eruption will happen. This eruption is very polite. It did not happen in Þráinsskjaldarhraun, but at Fagradalsfjall to the relief of many a foreign news anchor. It is far enough away from any man made structure to not endanger anything and because it is not under a glacier there is only little ash.
The rescue squad still had their hands full this weekend as Icelanders were hiking to the volcano en mass. You would think that Icelanders know how to behave around volcanoes and how to prepare for a 4 hour long hike in Icelandic winter, but during the last pretty eruption at Fimmvörðurháls people died of exposure trying to visit the volcano.
This eruption is similar in more ways than accessibility. Just like Fimmvörðurháls it happened in spring after a crisis, when the nation needed a distraction and the tourist industry needed a push. Just more evidence to my theory that the volcanoes are controlled by a series of levers under parliament.
Here are some predictions from the Icelandic met office what will happen next (basically anything):
- The eruption will decrease gradually and end in the coming days or weeks.
- New volcanic fissures could open at the eruption site or along the magma dike near to Mt. Fagradalsfjall.
- The likelihood of a large earthquake close to Mt. Fagradalsfjall has reduced due to the ongoing volcanic activity.
- An earthquake up to magnitude 6.5 could be triggered in the Brennisteinsfjöll volcanic system, located east of Mt. Fagradalsfjall.
The eruption side is behind the mountain range you can see from my window, so I cannot actually see it.
Believes magma at a depth of seven kilometers is pushing up
This is much more likely to stop before an eruption occurs
View new locations where eruptions could occur
A fissure eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula will last longer than a week
"Clearly continued activity" and the possibility of a shift a week after the big earthquake
Sharp earthquakes are still being felt, although no eruptions are expected in the next few hours
The eruption is still expected to begin
Thousands more earthquakes but less likely to erupt: "Of course we can never rule out anything yet"
If there will be an eruption the volcano will be called: Þráinsskjaldarhraun, because Icelanders hate foreign news anchors. I would propose to call it: Stríðni (tease). Either start erupting or stop the constant earthquakes!
Somebody set up the website Er komið eldgos? (Is there an eruption yet?)