From Iceland — RVK Newscast #121: The Sleepy Volcano & A New Era Of Lava Flow

RVK Newscast #121: The Sleepy Volcano & A New Era Of Lava Flow

Published July 28, 2021

Alina Maurer
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Alina and Art return to our snoozing volcano, and witness her waking for a moment – but only to cough out a healthy mix of CO2, SO2 and fluoric acid.

The crater at Fagradalsfjall is empty and dry, with all of the lava solidified; now we just wait for the volcano to rise again from her slumber. When she is active, lava flows into Meradalir at an average rate of 7.5 cubic metres per second. The flow rate has decreased dramatically since the volcano’s “fire geyser” period back in April and May, and experts say that a new lava flow model is now in operation.

This volcano is not the only one to cause trouble in Iceland at the moment. Earthquakes and seismic activity have also been detected around Katla, located under Myrdalsjökull, and troublemaker Grímsvötn is long overdue an eruption. Thrilling volcanic times still lie ahead…

New walking tours of Reykjavík are scheduled in August with Valur and Bjartmar Alexandersson, (co-presenter of The Icelandic Perspective), as your guides. If you want to meet the guys – and Pollý – click this link.

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