People go to see a volcano – level 3

17-07-2023 07:00

Authorities in Iceland are warning tourists to stay away from a newly erupting volcano that is spewing lava and noxious gases. They warn of dangerously high levels of volcanic gases and have closed access to the site.

The eruption began last week on Monday afternoon after thousands of earthquakes in the area. This one comes 11 months after its last eruption officially ended. The eruption is in an uninhabited valley near the Litli-Hrútur mountain, 30 kilometers from the capital, Reykjavik.

Defying warnings, visitors are drawn to the eruption classified as low intensity for now. However, it surpasses the power of previous eruptions in 2021 and 2022. An Irish guide described the experience as warm and mesmerizing. On the other side, the gas released by the eruption creates an unbearably hot environment. The eruption is characterized as effusive, releasing lava flows and locally toxic gases.

The duration of the eruption remains uncertain. Despite the risks, individuals continue to be captivated by nature’s power.

Difficult words: noxious (harmful, poisonous), defy (to resist or refuse to obey), mesmerizing (fascinating).

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What led to the thousands of earthquakes in the area before the eruption began?


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