A huge fire was reported in the vicinity of Iceland’s capital airport on Wednesday. When the origin of the deadly fire was traced, it has was revealed that the fire was the result of an eruption in Iceland’s colossal Fagradalsfjall volcano. The public residing in the nearby areas was rocked by shock and disbelief as the eruption was followed by a few earthquakes as well. The spectators posted some images of the daunting fire on social media, which revealed horrific scenes.
However, the good news is that there has not been any loss of life, injury or fatality reported so far, but the damage that it caused to the nearby areas, including forests, is causing major headaches. It has been reported by The Washington Post that “The eruption took place roughly ten miles from the Keflavik International Airport and 20 miles from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.” It is interesting to note that the sight of the volcano seemed fascinating to a lot of spectators out there. They not only captured the scenes, but one of the curious ones christened it as “dancing fire”.
The video embedded above demonstrates the wrath of the burning lava coming out of the volcano and dispersing into the air in the form of intense heat and smoke. This would also become a cause of temperature increase in this region of Iceland and will contribute to environmental pollution as well. Not only this, but the same volcano also became a cause of concern in March when it erupted after being inert for about 800 years. The locals were not prepared for this, and now the volcano is becoming the cause of frequent eruptions.
Iceland’s government has classified this category of a volcanic eruption as a “volcanic fissure” as it caused a few jolts across the region. As far as public safety is concerned, there has been no definite concern from the authorities regarding the safety of the public as they consider it “a relatively small eruption”. Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir stated, “What we know so far is that the eruption does not pose any risk to populated areas or critical infrastructure. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation closely.”
Coupled with this, the volcano has not yet stopped and is still active, which means a continuous release of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere that could ultimately prove dangerous to the people living in the nearby regions.