Fontaine de lave au-dessus du cône éruptif de l'éruption de Reykjanes en 2021. © Thorir, Adobe Stock

what do we know and how does it follow live?

The intense seismicity that began last weekend was not yet a “blow for nothing”. Since Wednesday August 3, at around 1 pm (local time), the eruption began in Iceland, on the Reykjanes peninsula, not far from the site of the last eruption. The associated risks are very small at present…

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Around 1 in the afternoon (local time) on August 3 that the webcam which sweeps the place oflast year’s eruption allowed to notice the lining of the lava fountain about twenty meters high in a fissure ERUPTS 200 or 300 meters long. It opens about two kilometers northeast of the site of the last eruption, north of the valley of Meradalir… This webcam allows you to follow the activity live: it is truly royal!

Follow a live volcanic eruption in Iceland. © mbl.is, YouTube

An explosion without much danger for the population

This is a eruption fissural, with a very moderate explosiveness and the predominance of the flow of wash up which, already, spread in this valley. As a result, the risks are very moderate for the population of Iceland, the road that borders the coast is more than four kilometers away and Reykjavik, the capital, is more than 20 kilometers away! Grindavik, the nearest village, is on the other side of Mount Fagradalsfjall, as is the power station that supplies a lot of electricity to the Reykjanes peninsula and the capital region! Above all, it will be a wonderful sight, and the many tourists on the island must give us beautiful images!

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