- The crack in the earth’s surface was almost two miles long
- Smoke is seen 40 kilometers away in the capital of Reykjavik
- Hot water pipes damaged and people urged not to limit use
A passenger flying home from Iceland captured stunning images of lava gushing from yesterday’s volcanic eruption.
From the window of the FlyPLAY plane you can see enormous stretches of land buried under masses of molten rock.
Iceland is in a state of emergency after yesterday’s eruption damaged hot water pipes, leading many areas to limit their use of hot water and electricity.
Officials say the pipes could take days to repair.
The eruption caused huge lava flows to gush from a nearly two-mile crack in the earth’s surface.
A passenger on a plane flying over the lava captured images of the magnitude of the disaster.
A passenger on a plane flying over the lava captured images of the magnitude of the disaster
Smoke could be seen rising into the air 40 kilometers away in the capital of Reykjavik.
Several residents of the approximately 4,000 Grindavik told the BBC that they never expect to live in their homes again.
Yesterday, Icelandic work crews were seen attempting to clean up some of the damage caused by the powerful eruption.
Footage of crews hard at work against the moving mass of molten rock shows an excavator trying to clear a path in front of the gigantic lava flow.
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s famous geothermal spa and major tourist attraction, was closed after the eruption and tourists already there were evacuated.
The spa, which is one of the country’s largest attractions and is located 4.3 kilometers from Grindavik, was closed when the eruption began.
After several recent eruptions, there is speculation about the possibility of an ash cloud like the one in 2010 forming.
When the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted almost 14 years ago, the resulting ash that was spewed into the atmosphere caused huge disruptions to air travel.
It caused a six-day shutdown of air travel in Europe and led to the cancellation of 100,000 flights.
Volcano experts are fairly confident that current volcanic activity will not cause an ash cloud to form again.
However, since eruptions have become much more frequent recently, experts cannot say with certainty that the cloud will not form if there is another large eruption.
The lava spread across the frozen terrain, destroying everything in its path.
Smoke rising into the atmosphere can be seen up to 40 kilometers away.
The 33 active volcanoes in the area surrounding yesterday’s eruption are located in the mid-Atlantic mountain range.
The last time the eruptions began, eight hundred years ago, they did not stop for a decade.
Now, after six eruptions in the past three years, many fear the time has come again.