On Friday night (Feb 19, 2021), two volcanos in Iceland erupted. One has not erupted for nearly 800 years, and the second has not erupted for thousands of years.
Iceland’s Meteorological Office has been predicting the eruptions after the island experienced over 18,000 earthquakes in recent weeks. The two eruptions are small and at this point are not a threat to human life.
The Daily Mail explains:
Astonishing photos have captured the moment an Icelandic volcano erupted for the first time in 900 years last night – sending molten lava spewing into the skies.
Police and coast guard raced to the scene 25 miles from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, after the eruption occurred near Fagradalsfjall, a mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula around 9.45pm.
The public has been advised to stay away from the area, that is also near the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, a popular tourist destination.
Dramatic images filmed by a coast guard helicopter showed streams of red lava bubbling and flowing out of a fissure in a valley in Geldingadalur. As the lava continued to flow on Saturday, clouds of blue gas were also swirling from the site.
A 7.0 earthquake 104 kms (65 miles) off the coast of Japan on Saturday, March 20, 2021 prompted a Tsunami warning for the island nation. READ: Earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hits Japan near devastating 2011 disaster epicenter