Long-Dormant Icelandic Volcano Erupts After 6,000 Years of Inactivity
Iceland is living up to its nickname of “the land of ice and fire” after its first volcanic eruption in six years. The country’s ground is shaped by volcanic and glacial terrains, and it’s no stranger to geological events. However, this eruption is particularly special since the volcano was previously dormant for 6,000 years.
After a “swarm” of earthquakes, the eruption of Mount Fagradalsfjall—about 20 miles southwest of Reykjavik—happened on March 19, 2021, at 8:45 PM. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the eruption is considered small. The eruptive fissure measured around 1,640 feet long and spewed more than 10 million square feet of lava. In the following days, the ongoing volcanic activity has decreased, and the volcano now poses no immediate danger to surrounding towns.
The Australian Floods Are Devastating Wildlife
Parts of Australia are underwater. The country has seen three feet of rain in just five days, constituting a once-in-a-century event. The waters have wreaked havoc on communities, forced 18,000 people to evacuate, washed away homes, and destroyed infrastructure. On top of all that, they’re also putting wildlife at risk, too.
All kinds of animals have gotten swept up in the floodwaters. One viral video from Friday shows a kangaroo escaping the deluge. But much of Australia’s wildlife isn’t faring as well.
“We’ve lost a lot of animals this weekend,” Nat Blatchford of the New South Wales-based animal rescue service Wildlife in Need of Care, told the Guardian, noting that some kangaroos had perished, as had many birds that became waterlogged in the rain.
Experts are also concerned for animals that live underground, like quolls and echidnas. Since these animals dwell in tunnels they dig in the soil, they can easily get trapped inside their homes by floodwaters. Blatchford told the Guardian that her organization has already seen this happen to wombats, and another expert told the outlet that bandicoots have also been affected…