Iceland is experiencing yet another volcanic eruption, larger and more spectacular than the dozens of others recorded in recent history.
GV Leirhjnuk Volcano erupting in Iceland with lava flowing (2 shots)
GV Lava and gas spewing into air, and lava down hillside (3 shots)
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Background: Iceland is experiencing yet another volcanic eruption, larger and more spectacular than the dozens of others recorded in recent history. Mount Leirhjnuk, in the north-eastern part of the island, erupted on Saturday (18 October) and poured lava down its slopes at a spectacular rate.
SYNOPSIS: Mount Leirhjnuk exploded just three years after a lesser eruption in the Myvan area nearby forced the evacuation of five thousand people. But this one, the largest recently recorded, is in a more remote area. No injuries had been reported three days after the upheaval began.
As escaping gases exploded into the air, a very deep river of molten lava seven miles (11 kms) wide ran a course down the mountainside.
Compared with Mount Hekla's big blow-out in the south last August, which opened a rift three miles (5 kms) sets a new record for volcanic intensity in Iceland.