Breathtaking photos of Iceland volcano that's erupting for first time in 6,000 years are doing rounds on the internet

  • 10 Apr - 16 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly
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More photos and video footage of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano are emerging as it continues to erupt for the first time in thousands of years following weeks of unprecedented earthquakes. Almost two weeks after the volcano woke from dormancy near the country's capital, Reykjavik, photographers have captured a series of stunning aerial shots showing lava, smoke and ash pouring from it. One such artist, Thrainn Kolbeinsson, has shared a collection of photos and video of Fagradalsfjall, from the lava spouting from the volcano's mouth to the fissures it has left down the mountain's side and resulting lava flows. "This still feels unreal. Violent spits quickly turn into smooth streams of glowing lava as new earth is constantly being pushed up," he captioned one video series late last month. "Even though it might look terrifying, it's actually strangely mesmerising to watch this natural beauty unfold – slowly but surely. It's hard to look away," he added. "This will take some time to settle in." The eruption – Fagradalsfjall's first in 6,000 years, and the first on the Reykjanes Peninsula in general in almost 800 years, according to the Associated Press – occurred at 8:45 p.m. local time on March 19, causing a fissure roughly 0.12 miles long, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IM Office) reported at the time.