A volcano in the southwest of Iceland, known as Fagradalsfjall, erupted on the 19th of March. Bjorn Seinbekk, a filmmaker living in Reykjavik, has captured incredible drone footage of the volcano eruption.
Steinbeck, a marketing strategist, and content creator, primarily focuses on drones. The footage is captured as the drone flies over the volcano which is 1,263 feet in height. Fountains of molten rocks and flowing lava can be seen in the pictures taken by the drone.
The eruption of Fagradalsfjall started at around 8.45 pm GMT and was later confirmed through satellite images and webcams. As claimed by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), the eruption was comparatively less intense. However, following the eruption, a rise in seismic activity was observed in the area.
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A rough translation of the following tweet from IMO reads: “The eruption is relatively small, and its intensity has somewhat reduced since yesterday. Several magma jets can be seen, and an area of roughly 500 meters is covered by lava. The eruption is confined to a small area in the valley, and damage from lava flow is not expected.”
Gosið er lítið og hefur virkni heldur minnkað frá því í gær. Lítið er um kvikustróka og þekur hraunflæðið svæði sem er í mesta lagi um 500 metra breitt. Gosið er afmarkað við lítið svæði ofan í dalverpi og er ólíklegt að hraunflæði komi til með að valda tjóni. #Reykjanes #eldgos pic.twitter.com/c5KSCjJIhP
— Icelandic Meteorological Office – IMO (@Vedurstofan) March 20, 2021
As claimed by the BBC, IMO stated that except for those residing close to the place of eruption, gas pollution is unlikely to cause breathing discomfort. IMO also stated that they will closely monitor the gas emissions.
A few hours prior to the eruption, an earthquake of magnitude 3.1 was recorded at a distance of 1.2km from Fagradalsfjall. Reuters reported that an area of around one square kilometer was enveloped by lava after the first four hours of eruption. This area is equivalent to approximately 200 football fields.
The length of the fissure at Fagradalsfjall on Reykjanes peninsula is about 500-700 meters in length. It is located roughly 30km south-west of the country’s capital Reykjavik. The volcano Fagradalsfjall erupted for the first time in 800 years, the first to erupt in the peninsula since the 12th century.