A drone camera captured clips of lava flowing from the “Fagrad Shelf” crater in Iceland, where it erupted for the first time in 800 years, according to a report published by the website “CNET”
This volcano is located near the capital, Reykjavik, where many people gathered to witness the eruption, which was both “incredible and scary”.
Many people took video clips and photos of the eruption, the closest of which was a drone camera that Björn Steinbeck had, which followed a river of lava, then captured scenes from the top of the volcano.
I think someone just stole the livestream pic.twitter.com/15GLXPx6wE
— Christopher Becke (@BeckePhysics) March 21, 2021
The lava flowed from a crack in the ground of Gilgindaluch, which is between 500 and 700 meters long, and the volume of lava is less than a square kilometer, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Agency, which monitors seismic activity.
Authorities did not immediately report an ash fall, but it is possible to disperse fragments of solid magma tephra and record gas emissions, And police have advised residents who live east of the volcano to close their windows and stay home because of the risk of gas pollution.
The area has been under increased surveillance for weeks after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was recorded on February 24.
On Saturday, Vivaldi browser dev Geir cycled and hiked through rugged terrain to explore #Fagradalsfjall. 🌋 Check out his story. 👇https://t.co/msOkrc2c1S#Reykjavik #Iceland
— Vivaldi (@vivaldibrowser) March 21, 2021
Gas emissions from volcanoes, particularly sulfur dioxide, can be high in the immediate vicinity of the eruption and can pose a health risk, sometimes resulting in death.