You Shall Be Known As Witches' Lava - The Reykjavik Grapevine

You Shall Be Known As Witches’ Lava

Published October 26, 2014

- Maybe. Name proposed by Institute of Earth Sciences

- Maybe. Name proposed by Institute of Earth Sciences

Earlier this October, The University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences has proposed that the new lava flow field in front of Dyngjujökull, currently created by eruption, shall be called Nornahraun or “Witches’ Lava”. This is not least due to the amount of Pele’s hair witnessed throughout the eruption. In Icelandic, the phenomenon is known as “nornahár,” or witches’ hair.

In other volcano-related news, Visir reports 80 earthquakes in and around Bárðarbunga in the 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday morning. The largest of those was of magnitude 5.3.

The image above was taken by the satellite LANDSAT 8, and shared by the Institute of Earth Sciences.

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