Houses set alight as lava reaches Icelandic town
Houses …1… caught fire in the fishing town of Grindavík in south-west Iceland after a volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month.
Two fissures formed near the town on Sunday after an increase in seismic activity …2… prompted authorities to evacuate the community the day before. A first eruption began at 8am when a crack opened in the ground about 450 metres …3… the town. Protective barriers of earth and rock pushed lava from the first fissure away from the town. …4…, a second crack then opened around midday on the edge of town, measuring around 100 metres by the evening, with that lava engulfing the homes.
At least three houses …5… engulfed by fire, live images from TV broadcaster RUV showed. Jets of glowing orange lava flowed out and a huge smoke cloud rose against the dark sky. “In a little village like this one, we’re …6… a family, we all know each other as family – it’s tragic seeing …7…” one local resident, Sveinn Ari Gudjonsson, told Agence France-Presse. “It’s unreal, it’s like watching a film,” added the 55-year-old, who works in the fishing industry.
Iceland’s positioning …..8…. the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, which move in opposite directions, make it a seismic and volcanic hotspot.
Adapted from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/14/volcano-erupts-near-reykjavik-forcing-evacuation-of-residents