Red lava attracts thousands of tourists Corriere TV

A large number of people flocked to the site of a new eruption of a volcanic fissure located in an uninhabited valley about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The eruption, which began on Wednesday, August 3, concerns the Vajradalsjal volcano in southwest Iceland, which erupted last year for six months. Images broadcast by Icelandic television show red lava emerging from a crack several hundred meters long in a rugged natural area.
The eruption site, which can be reached within a 90-minute walk, already drew more than 1,830 visitors on the first day of the lava eruption, according to Icelandic authorities, many of whom were seen trekking in the area. The volcanic eruption was preceded by a period of intense seismic activity, with nearly 10,000 earthquakes detected since last Saturday, two of which have a magnitude of at least 5.0. The frequency of earthquakes has slowed since the Earth’s magma eruption. The lava flow in the early hours was estimated at 32 cubic meters per second, according to measurements made by scientists: about four or five times what it was at the start of last year’s eruption. Scientists say: “The current eruption is much stronger.”

Aug 5, 2022 – Updated Aug 5, 2022, 9:28am

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