Iceland volcano: Drone video shows stunning close-up view of bubbling lava as eruption continues

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  • Global News published this video item, entitled “Iceland volcano: Drone video shows stunning close-up view of bubbling lava as eruption continues” – below is their description.

    Drone footage filmed in late May showed close-up shots of the Icelandic volcano on the Reykjanes Peninsula spewing lava, over two months after it started to erupt.

    Lava can be seen bubbling and flowing from the volcano, some 30 kilometres southwest of the capital Reykjavik, often in bursts.

    Professor Sigurjon Jonsson, who operated the drone on May 24, worked on the science and monitoring leading up to the eruption, which began on March 19 and has become a tourist attraction, drawing hundreds of visitors every day.

    Filmmaker and YouTuber Jon Bear captured his own stunning views of the volcanic activity for his YouTube channel.

    NOTE: no edits were made other than shortening for brevity and adding music added since the footage was muted.

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    In This Story: Iceland

    Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, with a population of 356,991 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.

    Iceland’ gained independence in 1918 and founded a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with sustaining the world’s oldest and longest-running parliament.

    Hit hard by the worldwide financial crisis, the nation’s entire banking system systemically failed in October 2008, leading to an economic crisis and the collapse of the country’s three largest banks. By 2014, the Icelandic economy had made a significant recovery, in large part due to a surge in tourism.

    Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, with a lightly armed coast guard.

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