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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.
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Newspaper headlines this last week

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In chronological order

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?)
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Morgunblaðið is mocking me!

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There have been hundreds of earthquakes in the last week. While most were, as usual for Iceland, under 3 on the Richter scale and not noticeable, we had enough big ones to feel the earth shaking several times a day. After a day or two, this had become common place and everyone stopped worrying about it. Except for me. Because I had to go to the dentist for a filling this week. I am already terrified of the dentist, the idea that an earthquake will hit while he is drilling into my teeth is a nightmare scenario. I guess someone told Morgunblaðið (Icelandic newspaper), because their cartoonist drew this:


It went well, or at least only was traumatizing the usual amount, without added earthquakes. The earthquakes is probably a sign of an impending volcanic eruption, something I am excited about, because I could see it from my living room window. Fingers crossed.

Ég er bara fræg!

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For the past year I have been organising a Free Supermarket at Andrými. Last week I was interviewed by RUV (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) for a radio program. You can listen to it (and my brilliant Icelandic) here. You can use it as a drinking game, drink every time I say "bara" (a filler word), you won't make it until the end of the 10 min interview.

They insisted on using my last name in the description, but forgot to ask about the spelling and ended up with "Christina Milscha" thanks to my Aachener accent. Everyone at my work still recognized my voice. With this and all the videos I have been doing for the IWW (more about that in another post), I am well on my way becoming a celebrity.

Christmas beer - a map!

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Here is a map of all the craft breweries in Iceland, except the newest ones, Ladies Brewery and Bölgerðin. I remember the dark times before 2007, when the only beer you could get was watery lager. "Fortunately" Icelanders have been drinking more alcohol than ever in the past year, so it is likely that the craft brewery movement survived the drop in business with the lack of tourists coming into the country.


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