What’s Happening in Iceland?

Lava spews from a volcanic fissure nearly four kilometers long (2.5 miles) near Grindavik on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula on March 16, 2024.  Though posing no harm to area residents, the lava temperature was about 1,204°C (2,200°F) with hundreds of cubic meters erupting per second.  It is the fourth eruption of the same volcanic fissure since December 18, 2023. Volcanism is seen as a normal occurrence throughout Iceland. (Photo: Iceland Civil Protection Agency)

(EP News) Iceland Continues to be the Hot Spot… Literally! Numerous volcanic eruptions have occurred on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula since December 18, 2023, most recently on March 16, spewing hundreds of cubic meters per second of lava at about 1,204°C (2,200°F). The eruptions have occurred just south of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, within 3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles) north of Grindavik – a fishing town of about 3,400 residents. No people have been harmed or injured although the famed Blue Lagoon geothermal resort had to be evacuated.  Iceland lies directly on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which separates Eurasia from North America and is home to some of Earth’s most prolific volcanic activity and geothermal events. 😊