Pod of the Planet Episode 15: Flying into the Eye of the Volcano
In March, Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall Volcano woke up from the sleep of 6,000 years; Soon it was pouring lava fountains 1,200 feet high, and sending furious outflows into nearby valleys. Most people run away from volcanic eruptions, but volcanologist Einat Levy Decided to get on a plane and get as close as possible. Lev, who works at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Observatory, specializes in analyzing how lava bodies develop and move, and Fagradalsfjall is the lead for the study: it has a steady, vigorous lava supply, but It is not too big or explosive to be very dangerous. It is also accessible a short drive from the capital city of Reykjavik.
In this episode of Pod of the Planet, Earth Institute science news editor Kevin Krzyk talks with Lev about his experiences from travel and volcanic eruptions in general. Audience: View great drone footage he accepted. You can also see stories and photos from her last two campaigns quizapu volcano in the high Chilean Andes, and Hawaii’s Infernal Kilauea.
As of this writing, Fagradalsfjall was still erupting. It hasn’t caused any serious damage so far, but if the lava continues to spread, it could Ring road can be cutIceland’s main highway. stay (Iceland authorities a live webcam Trained on Volcano).
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