Gandalf The White
20 March 2021 11:33:58
I remember back in the early 1960s when Surtsey was formed and first learning about the mid-Atlantic rift. I still find it fascinating that North America and Europe are moving away from each other, albeit extraordinarily slowly in our terms.
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Gandalf The White
20 March 2021 11:38:01

Originally Posted by: doctormog 

 

I think the location was right in the middle of the rift/dyke. The joy of this event is that, as it is not explosive, you can stick a webcam very close by (as was done within the past hour):

https://youtu.be/tW_jnF4K0D0 

That's fantastic - thanks for that link, Michael.

 


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20 March 2021 12:21:08

Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 

That's fantastic - thanks for that link, Michael. 

I'll echo that. A great link Michael 

A chopper just went by in fact there seem to be several. The lava seems to move quite fast. Someone has walked up close too.


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Devonian
20 March 2021 12:41:25

Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 

 

That's fantastic - thanks for that link, Michael.

 

You can see people looking at the flow, they look specks. The scale of it, without obvious human artifacts, is quite hard to grasp.


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doctormog
20 March 2021 12:49:56

Originally Posted by: Devonian 

 

You can see people looking at the flow, they look specks. The scale of it, without obvious human artifacts, is quite hard to grasp.

Apparently, according to the most recent update, the fissure never exceeded 200m and is now partially closed. By people standards it is big, by rifting events less so. It will be interesting to see how things develop and if it will just gradually stop...or not.


picturesareme
20 March 2021 13:45:17

Originally Posted by: doctormog 

 

Apparently, according to the most recent update, the fissure never exceeded 200m and is now partially closed. By people standards it is big, by rifting events less so. It will be interesting to see how things develop and if it will just gradually stop...or not.

I'd be surprised & disappointed if just stopped. I wouldn't be surprised though if this continues for day's with some increase in intensity - this is iceland after all 

doctormog
20 March 2021 14:03:00

Originally Posted by: picturesareme 

 

I'd be surprised & disappointed if just stopped. I wouldn't be surprised though if this continues for day's with some increase in intensity - this is iceland after all 


It’s hard to tell and even if it did stop, if the magma is still filling the dyke or chamber below, it could very well start again at the same location or even another location in the area. 

If the livestream has gone from YouTube RUV currently still have it going: https://www.ruv.is/frett/2021/03/20/beint-vefstreymi-fra-eldstodvunum 


Gandalf The White
20 March 2021 20:16:16
The eruption seems to have gathered some momentum over the last couple of hours. It is looking quite impressive on the live feed at the moment.
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picturesareme
20 March 2021 22:37:52

Originally Posted by: doctormog 


It’s hard to tell and even if it did stop, if the magma is still filling the dyke or chamber below, it could very well start again at the same location or even another location in the area. 

If the livestream has gone from YouTube RUV currently still have it going: https://www.ruv.is/frett/2021/03/20/beint-vefstreymi-fra-eldstodvunum 

Its looking very photogenic in the darkness at the moment.

AIMSIR
20 March 2021 22:45:05

It's interesting that this occurred as earthquake intensity had died down.
I think the observers were caught by surprise because of this?.
Eitherway . An interesting event.

Roger Parsons
21 March 2021 07:58:43

Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 

The eruption seems to have gathered some momentum over the last couple of hours. It is looking quite impressive on the live feed at the moment.

When we are at long last free to fly, you should consider a holiday in Iceland, Gandalf. [It would tie in as a stopover to or from N America.] I went there in the late 60s and Early 70s and managed to see some nice fresh lava flows, but the range of volcanic features is stupendous.

This is how we travelled there back then: from Leith. A rough crossing!

http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_edin_t/0_edinburgh_transport_shipping_ms_gullfoss_at_copenhagen_480.jpg

 

https://visiticeland.com/

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21 March 2021 08:22:39

That's true Gandalf. Go if you can.  It's not a long flight. I went when tourism was very low key but since then Iceland's apparently become a hot destination pre Covid. With all the issues that involves. The food is good if you like fish and mutton though the horticultural industry has blossomed in recent years. When I went the main crop indoors seemed to be bananas. There are now numerous salads etc and tomatoes of course under glass all geothermally heated. I was interested to read that someone has recently tried growing apples outside with some success. http://www.fruitforum.net/articles/icelandic-apples

Beware of the Hákarl.

I did try puffin and many other local specialties which were fine, indeed very tasty. And the yogurt Skyr is now available in the UK as you've probably noticed. Made here though in most cases. 

 

 


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Gandalf The White
21 March 2021 08:35:03

Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons 

 

When we are at long last free to fly, you should consider a holiday in Iceland, Gandalf. [It would tie in as a stopover to or from N America.] I went there in the late 60s and Early 70s and managed to see some nice fresh lava flows, but the range of volcanic features is stupendous.

This is how we travelled there back then: from Leith. A rough crossing!

http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_edin_t/0_edinburgh_transport_shipping_ms_gullfoss_at_copenhagen_480.jpg

 

https://visiticeland.com/

Roger

We did start to make plans to go there a couple of years ago but decided to wait a year and then the pandemic arrived.  It’s on the list; a fellow director went there back in the 1990s - camping!  Spoke highly of the trip.


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doctormog
21 March 2021 08:49:59
It is definitely on my list too. For info, the camera stream is back at the RUV link.
The Beast from the East
21 March 2021 08:57:20

Originally Posted by: NMA 

That's true Gandalf. Go if you can.  It's not a long flight. I went when tourism was very low key but since then Iceland's apparently become a hot destination pre Covid. With all the issues that involves. The food is good if you like fish and mutton though the horticultural industry has blossomed in recent years. When I went the main crop indoors seemed to be bananas. There are now numerous salads etc and tomatoes of course under glass all geothermally heated. I was interested to read that someone has recently tried growing apples outside with some success. http://www.fruitforum.net/articles/icelandic-apples

Beware of the Hákarl.

I did try puffin and many other local specialties which were fine, indeed very tasty. And the yogurt Skyr is now available in the UK as you've probably noticed. Made here though in most cases. 

 

 

And Icelandic women are incredibly fit 


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doctormog
21 March 2021 08:58:29

A quick screen shot from a few minutes ago.

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Roger Parsons
21 March 2021 09:22:57

Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 

We did start to make plans to go there a couple of years ago but decided to wait a year and then the pandemic arrived.  It’s on the list; a fellow director went there back in the 1990s - camping!  Spoke highly of the trip.

First time was a University trip to survey a bog in the Snæfellsnes area. We took a minibus on the deck of the ship and a big tent with two rooms - a big one for the 5 blokes and a smaller one for the 3 women. Next time I went with a friend [a geographer!] and we hitchhiked with a small tent - got quite a good way up the centre on foot, to Langjökull, where there was a hut. In those days the roads were seriously bloody awful. As students our student cards gave us free access to Reykjavík swimming pool - geothermally heated! 

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ozone_aurora
21 March 2021 13:40:45

Originally Posted by: four 

https://vid.pr0gramm.com/2021/03/21/eddf2f83cef7fb99.mp4



Unfortunately, can't access the site.

Roger Parsons
21 March 2021 14:03:29

Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White 

We did start to make plans to go there a couple of years ago but decided to wait a year and then the pandemic arrived.  It’s on the list; a fellow director went there back in the 1990s - camping!  Spoke highly of the trip.

The one tip I must give is the Arctic summer is the insect season and you are the food. Myvatn translates as "Midge Water". You have been warned!

https://guidetoiceland.is/nature-info/the-ultimate-guide-to-lake-myvatn

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