News
Icelanders Commemorate Heimaey Eruption

Icelanders Commemorate Heimaey Eruption

Published January 24, 2013

Icelanders in the Westman Islands commemorated the 40th anniversary of the 1973 volcanic eruption on Heimaey.
RÚV reports that a procession marched from the town church to the foot of the volcano itself yesterday evening, where flares were ignited. Grade school children presented their school projects, which included interviewing older relatives about the eruption. Prayers of thanks, led by the Bishop of Iceland, were also conducted in the town church.
The 1973 eruption is remembered every year in Heimaey, although every five years a special commemoration is performed. The event is known around the world mostly for the ingenuity that Icelanders used to prevent the encroaching lava from destroying the town harbour: by spraying it with salt water. While the harbour was saved, about half the town was crushed by magma, and the eruption lasted until the summer. Amazingly, only one death was reported – a sailor who suffocated while trying to loot a pharmacy.
The public and civic response to the eruption is a point of pride for many Icelanders, in its demonstration of fast-thinking, calm, cooperative rescue efforts in the face of a serious natural disaster.
Film clips taken at the time of the eruption can be seen below:



News
Three Reported Sexual Assaults In Westman Islands Last Weekend

Three Reported Sexual Assaults In Westman Islands Last Weekend

by

Three survivors went to the emergency room after being reportedly sexually assaulted at last weekend’s Merchants Holiday Festival in the

News
Daring Jewelry Store Robbery Committed

Daring Jewelry Store Robbery Committed

by

A thief made off with millions in jewelry early yesterday morning from a small store in a Hafnarfjörður shopping centre.

News
Pride Is Back!

Pride Is Back!

by

The annual Reykjavík Pride festival has started, and there’s a lot going on. This year’s programme is loaded with things

News
Whaler Considers Anti-Whaling Petition “A Joke”

Whaler Considers Anti-Whaling Petition “A Joke”

by

Iceland’s primary whaler accused reporters of “lapping up” what he calls misinformation about his hunting of fin whales, and dismissed

News
Ruling Coalition Struggling Against Pirate Party

Ruling Coalition Struggling Against Pirate Party

by

While the Pirate Party took a single-digit dip between polls, the ruling coalition is not gaining much ground. RÚV reports

News
Seal Escapes Zoo, Heads Straight For Campsite

Seal Escapes Zoo, Heads Straight For Campsite

by

A baby seal had itself a small adventure after escaping the zoo last night, replete with some biting involved. RÚV

Show Me More!