Volcano Watch: Recent eruptions in Iceland have sparked interest far and wide

  • Halldór Björnsson/Icelandic Meteorological Office An aerial view of the recent eruption on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, taken during an eruption surveillance flight. Lava erupts from the fissure on the northern edge of the 2021 eruption flow field (black lava in upper right). The blue-tinged volcanic gas emissions are one of the main hazards associated with this eruption.

Footage of Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall eruption on Reykjanes Peninsula in 2021 showed glowing lava flows and bubbling cones that were evocative of Hawaiian eruptions. Visitors and reporters flocked to the Iceland eruption site, while scientists and local authorities monitored the eruption closely to keep everyone safe.