Iceland fire and ice: the world’s most dangerous volcanic island – video

(c) History Channel    – contribution Luisport
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11 Responses to Iceland fire and ice: the world’s most dangerous volcanic island – video

  1. c/o Luisport

    Iceland is piking up fast! Fönix says:
    September 18, 2011 at 11:52
    I have walked up and down this rift Almannagjá many times in the space of ca 30 years and have never noticed any significant change, the plates have been slowly drifting apart like everyone knows, but for some reason they seem to be picking up speed.

    The water level of Kleifarvatn is now dropping 5 mm a day and has dropped a lot for the last few years.
    This is similar to what happened in the big quake in 2000, when lake Kleifarvatn dropped by 4 meters.
    The area around Sveifluháls in Krísuvík has risen about 7 cm in the last 16 months, there has been considerable activity in the area, possibly caused by magma.
    All this activity is connected to movement of the tectonic plates.
    Since this video was shot in 2009, Kleifarvatn has dropped 2-2,5 meters.

    Much of the geothermal activity shown in the video is now on dry land.

    I also wonder how smart is is to allow this Fracking experiment currently going on at Hellisheiði, i think as its quite obvious to any thinking person that we are seeing considerable increase in volcanic activity in Iceland, so it might me smart to avoid deliberately causing earthquakes in rift zones close to big volcanoes.

    I think that we could build a road or walking path along the Almannagjá rift, but we will never be able to keep the tourists out of the rift, its just too interesting to examine. I have walked up and down this rift many times, but i guess i will look more carefully where i step next time.


    • I remember seeing this program on the History Channel. Fascinating. It’s just difficult for my finite mind to grasp the idea of fire and ice on the same piece of ground. I understand the hows and whys, but it’s just difficult to grasp.

      I didn’t realize that they had fracking going on in the area. Something else I just cant fathom. Just doesn’t seem to be too smart.



  2. Wiseguy says:

    Also, if you want to watch this amazing video on Aurora Borealis.


  3. Richard Lockwood says:

    Interesting that this video as been blocked to the UK… Richard


  4. Oriah says:

    you can find the video at Youtube too..
    Just type “The Aurora Borealis” into the youtube search engine and the sixth video is the proper one….


  5. luisport says:

    Strafford — A massive hole in the ground behind two houses along Brush Everard St. inside the Austin Ridge subdivision in Stafford is threatening to swallow the two homes near it.

    The Stafford County Fire Marshall has ordered the families of the house stay out until further notice, and the site of the dangerous hole has been fenced off to everyone.

    According to neighbors the hole showed up on Saturday and has progressively been getting deeper. On Tuesday neighbors said the hole was more than 12 feet deep and it has already swallowed the two back yards of the homes near it.


  6. Brian says:

    YeaH ! Sucks to be be an Al Gore follower…. Global Goons club just like here in South Africa ~
    last nights eNews :- After the Global Warming sorry Weather Changes conference just held here
    in Durban :- All are advised to abandon their cars and support this issue by ride bicycles < Giving Off More Methane ?!!

    Loved your videos…


  7. Mike says:

    Thanks Alvin, i have learnt soething new today


  8. luisport says:

    Carl le Strange says:
    September 19, 2011 at 13:32
    A bit worrying:

    The Eldgja fissure earthquake is a bit worrying.
    As we all know the Elgja/Laki/Veidivötn area is what we have nicknamed a “dead zone” seismically, or more to that point, “a highly ductile seismicaly inert zone”. Ie, it does not quake unless it is on the brink of ripping open.
    This quake was within the Elgja rift zone and a quake happening there at the same time as Katla is showing unrest might point to the risk of a regional rifting eruption. Problem is that the storm hid every trace of a harmonic tremor indicative of magma rushing into the fissure. If we had seen that tremor around the time of the quake I would have said it is time to be very worried. Now we did not, irrespective of it happening or not.
    But if we see more quakeing I would say it is time to take very large notice. Because this site only has quakes when magma pours in, or when the fissure rips open. So it should be either of, in this case most likely the first quake as magma poured in.
    I know that I am crying wolf a bit, but this is something we should look carefully for additional signs of activity.

    If we look sharply at the Vatnsfell plot there seems to have been a magmatic signature to the quake (Jón would know this far better then me), with that I mean that the spike has a wet look, ie. that it affects all of the frequencies.

    Quake in question
    18.09.2011 13:23:39 63,982 -18,429 29,3 km 1,9 66,86 13,6 km SV af Laka

    Yes, the quality is a bit low and will probably change, but it is in a rather hard to interpret zone to say the least since it dos not have a lot of quakes to compare with. We can only analyze the data we have.

    Hopefully this was nothing, time will tell.


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