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That’s the cards that nature has dealt Iceland recently: first there was a small neat eruption at Fimmvorduhals. As it was residing on Monday out came the report of the Investigative Commission and shook the country, leaving us with 2000 pages to read and learn from on how the banks and their principal shareholders used them to line their own investments watched over by at first enthralled and then bewildered politicians and regulators.

Yesterday, this little neat eruption was declared extinguished – but early this morning water started to flood down from Eyjafjallajokull, a glacier close by. Now it’s clear that there is an eruption under the ice cap; it has already melted a hole the cap, with steam now rising several km up into the air.

The glacier is part of a mountain ridge in the South of Iceland. South of the glacier, down to the Atlantic there are sands, now partly flooded by the melted ice. Floods of this type are called ‘leap’ in Icelandic, the water leaps down from the glacier. Quite a spectacle that you can see here!

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Written by Sigrún Davídsdóttir

April 14th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Posted in Iceland

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