It was obvious as roads split apart this week that grindvik had to be evacuated we just came home to get some stuff they have about 5 minutes to get their belongings and then we go to the next house it’s now a ghost town 3,800 people and now there’s no one living here from
3,800 to zero they’ve discovered that grindvik sits above a long Subterranean intrusion of molten rock this intrusion now sits just below the Earth’s surface so molten sheet of magma over a distance of 15 km Fishers have opened up all over town but where’s the lava it is a land
Of ice above and fire below where residents have to be prepared you can almost imagine the signs that might pop up only in Iceland with its unique geology Iceland is a Marvel where the planet’s tectonic surface meets the molten interior two great forces first the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North
American and Eurasian plates are pulling apart Iceland straddles that Ridge as it runs through the North Atlantic the second force that has created this island of lava is a hot spot one of the world’s largest a plume of magma from deep in the Earth’s mantle now pushing underneath the rikus peninsula and these
Forces are not always on the same timetable since 2021 the nearby fagal fielt volcano has regularly sent lava flowing but right now nothing visible sometimes this molten rock comes up to the surface but these are separate processes this is a rifting event this is a plate motion event and plate
Motions occurs in with fits and starts and they jerk apart sometimes there were more than 1500 earthquakes just the last 2 days below the magma is moving but it’s heavy and could remain up to a kilometer deep all the way to the ocean I hope it starts out in the ocean it
Would be great to get a new island and the entrance to the will be better earthquakes and volcanoes together or separately icelanders never know exactly when they just have to be ready Eric senson Global News Toronto
Thousands of Icelanders have fled the town of Grindavík, as they nervously watch and wait to see if their community will be destroyed by an imminent volcanic eruption.
There have been more than 1,500 earthquakes in the region within a two-day span, cracking open roads all over the village.
Eric Sorensen explains the seismic science behind the Fagradalsfjall volcano, and what its potential impact could be.
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