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Not Mordor! A real drone footage of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano that erupted after 800 years
The one-take footage shows Fagradals mountain erupting and spewing red-hot lava in all directions.
Something big happened in Iceland on March 19 after a gap of 800 years.
A volcano erupted in Iceland for the first time in 800 years, spewing molten lava into the air and turning skies red for miles.
The eruption happened at Fagradalsfjall on Reykjanes peninsula, triggering an increase in tremors in the region, which is approximately 30 km south-west of the capital Reykjavik.
Footage and pictures shared on social media show molten lava making channels and turning the ground black. According to the Iceland Meteorological Office (IMO), the eruption began at 8:45 PM GMT on 19 March. However, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake was recorded 1.2 km for Fagradalsfjall several hours before the eruption.
Fortunately, the eruption posed no immediate danger to people in Grindavik or to critical infrastructure.
However, molten lava covered around one square kilometre of the area just four hours after the initial eruption, which is equivalent to nearly 200 football fields. As a result, residents of the town of Thorlakshofn were told to stay indoors to avoid exposure to volcanic gases.
IMO shared the first few incredible visuals of the eruption but more videos and pictures shared on social media showed molten lava making channels and turning the ground black.
In the last few days, hundreds of new pictures and videos of the volcano have surfaced on social media.
But now, a drone has managed to capture some spectacular close-up views of the volcanic eruption.
The drone footage was posted on Instagram and Facebook by blogger Bjorn Steinbekk, with the caption: “Sometimes you just need to let go!”
The one-take footage shows Fagradals mountain erupting and spewing red-hot lava in all directions. The clip quickly went viral on both Facebook and Instagram with many users asking whether or not the drone survived.
According to reports, the glow of the lava was seen from the outskirts of Reykjavík, which is a good 32 kilometres away.
Besides the drone clip, many locals were able to capture some awe-inspiring visuals of the eruption. A live stream has also been set up to allow netizens around the world to see the volcano.
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