In March and April 2021, two volcanoes were talked about more than usual when they woke up. A rather rare phenomenon, the volcanic eruption is both fascinating and threatening.
The first to come into operation, forty kilometers from Reykjavik (the capital of Iceland), is called Fagradalsfjall and has now been in operation for a month. Its eruption took place without any consequence other than the spectacle of the glowing red magma, attracting many tourists. Lava had not flowed there since the 13th century (over 800 years).
“Residents were called on not to go on site and residents to keep their windows closed as a precaution, because of the potentially dangerous fumes to inhale. Traffic was able to continue at Keflavik airport. "Radio-Canada, March 19, 2021
Further south, in the Caribbean, the island of Saint-Vincent was the victim of the Soufrière which woke up on April 9, causing columns of smoke eight kilometers high. Part of the island is now covered in ash and is experiencing major water and electricity cuts. More than 16,000 people were evacuated the day before the first explosion as a preventive measure.
“The eruptive phase could last for several days or even weeks, according to the Seismological Research Center at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad and Tobago, another Caribbean archipelago, which has advised people of everything do to avoid breathing ashes. "Le Journal de Montréal, April 11, 2021
To see images of the eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, watch this short video clip produced by OBS:
You can also watch this video made by The HuffPost to learn more about what is happening on the island of Saint-Vincent:
Do you want to experience a volcanic eruption in virtual reality? National Geographic created a 360 video during the eruption of the Klyuchevskoyc volcano, in 2017, located in the Kamchatka Peninsula.
You need a smartphone or an iPod, the Youtube application and a virtual reality headset (available on Amazon for about five dollars or by asking your teacher to get one for you) to live the full immersion experience. This same video can also be viewed directly on your computer, without the help of virtual reality.
After viewing, write down your thoughts. What emotions did you feel when you saw this erupting volcano? How was your virtual reality experience? Did you feel like you were "there"?
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